British Educational Research Association

Martin Myers (Presented paper)

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Race, home education and ‘economies of risk’
Race Out of Place Symposium

Increasing numbers of families are choosing to home educate their children in the UK. Often the choices they make are shaped by their identification of ‘risk’ associated with mainstream schooling. At the same time some families are portrayed as putting their children ‘at risk’ when they choose to home educate. Using case studies with 33 families we draw on the work of Ulrich Beck (1989), to examine ‘risk’ in relation to home education. We argue that risk is given value and assigned within a relational racialized ‘economy’ in which the marginal status of groups such as Gypsy and Traveller families is reinforced as being more risky. For other families characteristics such as whiteness and affluence assign more positive values and the lessening of ‘risk’ in their children’s lives.
Period13 Sep 2018
Event typeConference
LocationNewcastle, United Kingdom
Degree of RecognitionInternational