EdD Doctor of Education
Educational Services and Leadership
College of Education
This study examined the results of high school choice in a small community through the experiences of White Middle class mothers. In capturing the conversations of these mothers I aimed to make explicit the implicit structures of power inherent in the school choices of this small community. Using a Bourdieusian framework I was able to document ways that the White Middle Class strategize within these structures for their own gains. I was also able to document the ways that these structures advance these strategies often at the expense of those in subordinate positions, and in this country subordinate positions are tied to race. These findings confirm that school choice often benefits those in power and adds to the literature calling for active measures regulating demographics in choice schools.
Levi, Jill Tabachnick, "On the field of school choice: Conversations capturing white middle class maternal privilege: A case study" (2020). Theses and Dissertations. 2746.
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