Theorising geo-identity and David Harvey's space: school choices of the geographically bound middle-class

Emma Elita Rowe

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This paper draws on David Harvey?s theories of absolute and relational space in order to critique geographically bound school choices of the gentrified middle-class in the City of Melbourne, Australia. The paper relies on interviews with inner-city school choosers as generated by a longitudinal ethnographic school choice study. I argue that the participants construct their class-identity in relation to their geographical (or residential) positioning and this influences their schooling choices. In the light of this argument, I theorise geo-identity in thinking about how geographies inform and instruct identity and choice. This paper contributes by offering a focused analysis of Harvey?s spatial theories and class-identity in processes of choice.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)285 - 300
Number of pages16
JournalCritical Studies in Education
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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