The troubling concept of class: reflecting on our ‘failure’ to encourage sociology students to re-cognise their classed locations using autobiographical methods

Jenkins, C., Canaan, J., Filippakou, O. and Strudwick, K. 2011. The troubling concept of class: reflecting on our ‘failure’ to encourage sociology students to re-cognise their classed locations using autobiographical methods. ELiSS, online. 3 (3), pp. 1-30. doi:10.11120/elss.2011.03030013

TitleThe troubling concept of class: reflecting on our ‘failure’ to encourage sociology students to re-cognise their classed locations using autobiographical methods
AuthorsJenkins, C., Canaan, J., Filippakou, O. and Strudwick, K.
Abstract

The troubling concept of class: reflecting on our ‘failure’ to encourage sociology students to re-cognise their classed locations using autobiographical methods Abstract This paper provides a narrative of the four authors‟ commitment to auto/biographical methods as teachers and researchers in „new‟ universities. As they went about their work, they observed that, whereas students engage with the gendered, sexualised and racialised processes when negotiating their identities, they are reluctant or unable to conceptualise „class-ifying‟ processes as key determinants of their life chances. This general inability puzzled the authors, given the students‟ predominantly working-class backgrounds. Through application of their own stories, the authors explore the sociological significance of this pedagogical „failure‟ to account for the troubling concept of class not only in the classroom but also in contemporary society.

Keywordsautobiographical methods, social class, critical pedagogy, teaching, learning
Article number03030013
JournalELiSS, online
Journal citation3 (3), pp. 1-30
ISSN1756-848X
Year2011
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Accepted author manuscriptTroubling concept of class. Jenkins11.pdf
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.11120/elss.2011.03030013
Web address (URL)http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.11120/elss.2011.03030013
Publication dates
PublishedJul 2011
Published15 Dec 2015

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