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Reproducing Class : Education, Neoliberalism, and the Rise of the New Middle Class in Istanbul - Henry J. Rutz

Reproducing Class

Education, Neoliberalism, and the Rise of the New Middle Class in Istanbul

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Middle classes are by definition ambiguous, raising all sorts of paradoxical questions, perceived and real, about their power and place relative to those above and below them in a class-structured society. Focusing on families of the new middle class in Istanbul, the authors of this study address questions about the social construction of middle-class reality in the context of the rapid changes that have come about through recent economic growth in global markets and the global diffusion of information technology. After 1980, Turkey saw a structural transformation from state-owned and managed industry, banking, and media and communications to privatization and open markets. The idea of being middle class and the reality of middle-class practices became open for negotiation and interpretation. This study therefore offers a particularly interesting case study of an emergent global phenomenon known as the transnational middle class, characterized by their location of work in globalizing cities, development of transnational social networks, sumptuary consumption habits, and residences in gated communities. As the authors show, this new middle class associates quality education, followed by property and lifestyle issues, with the concept of a comfortable life.

..".a novel and important contribution to the study of neoliberal transformations that Turkey has been experiencing in the last three decades. Building on the existing...Rutz and Balkan investigate the hitherto little explored education system as a field in which the middle class formation, reproduction and polarization take place...[and] demonstrate that the educational hierarchies are not only reflective but also constitutive of class inequalities, and any genuine debate over education reform in Turkey should address the detrimental consequences of the three decades of neoliberal policies that have created an exclusionary and test-obsessed education system"� �� Review of Middle East Studies

..".a fresh and an important contribution ...this book presents an ethnographically rich and conceptually strong account of recent transformations in the educational field and their implications for class relations in Turkey."�����Middle East Journal

..".the book critically draws attention to a number of key issues that are often taken for granted in the literature on neoliberalism...Co-written by an economist and an anthropologist, Reproducing Classis a refreshing attempt to integrate the analytical perspectives of macroeconomics with the ethnographic traditions of anthropology."� �� JRAI

Preface Acknowledgements Introduction Chapter 1. Class matters Chapter 2. The neoliberal landscape Chapter 3. The making of an education hierarchy Chapter 4. Familism Chapter 5. Competition and cultural reproduction Chapter 6. Preparing to win a place Chapter 7. Testing the limits of the new middle class Appendix I: Istanbul socioeconomic household survey, 1993 Appendix II: Interviews, 1996 Bibliography Index

ISBN: 9781845457808
ISBN-10: 1845457803
Series: Berghahn
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 156
Published: 30th August 2014
Publisher: BERGHAHN BOOKS INC
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.91 x 15.19  x 0.84
Weight (kg): 0.22