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Making Modern Lives
Subjectivity, Schooling, and Social Change
Making Modern Lives
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Julie McLeod - Author
Lyn Yates - Author
SUNY series, Power, Social Identity, and Education
Price: $83.50 
Hardcover - 288 pages
Release Date: May 2006
ISBN10: 0-7914-6767-8
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-6767-1

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Paperback - 288 pages
Release Date: May 2006
ISBN10: 0-7914-6768-6
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-6768-8

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Examines the effects of schooling on young people’s values, choices, and identities.

Making Modern Lives
looks at how young people shape their lives as they move through their secondary school years and into the world beyond. It explores how they develop dispositions, attitudes, identities, and orientations in modern society. Based on an eight-year study consisting of more than 350 in-depth interviews with young Australians from diverse backgrounds, the book reveals the effects of schooling and of local school cultures on young people’s choices, future plans, political values, friendships, and attitudes toward school, work, and sense of self. Making Modern Lives uncovers who young people are today, what type of identities and inequalities are being formed and reformed, and what processes and politics are at work in relation to gender, class, race, and the framing of vocational futures.

“This is a brilliant book because it balances so well the relationship between the structural issues that help to promote inequality with the biographical experiences of the researchers’ informants. Few books have either the breadth that this one does, or the thoughtfulness in addressing the topic.” — Sari Knopp Biklen, author of School Work: Gender and the Cultural Construction of Teaching and coauthor of Qualitative Research for Education, Fourth Edition

Julie McLeod is Senior Lecturer in Education at Deakin University, Australia. Lyn Yates is Foundation Professor of Curriculum at the University of Melbourne, Australia, and the author of The Education of Girls: Policy, Research, and the Question of Gender.


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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

1. Modern Lives, Subjectivity, Schooling, and Social Change

2. Researching Subjectivity and Schooling—On Method and What It Means to Work with Theory

3. What Is a Good Student?

4. Becoming Someone as Project and as Process

5. Dreams and Pathways: Identity-Making and Vocational Choices

6. Who Is “Us”?: Australian Students on Politics, Racism, Ethnicity, and Unemployment

7. Class in the New World and the New Economy

8. Gender Themes in a Changing World

9. Schooling, Schooling Politics, and Making Modern Lives

Appendix 1. Participant Snapshots

Appendix 2a. Summary of Pathways

Appendix 2b. Who Got What—School Contrasts

Appendix 2c. Future Daydreams and Plans

Notes
References
Index



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