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A gendered perspective on Learning to Labour

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Matthew Brannan



This is the authors' accepted manuscript of an article that has been published in its final definitive form by Taylor and Francis, 2016.

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This paper presents an auto-ethnographic study of the personal experience of learning to labour. Heather Hopfl reflects on the prospects and opportunities presented to her as part of her life and experiences of learning to labour during the same period as Willis's study: which, of course, is specific to young men. Consequently, the paper reflects on the implications of class location and life chances, on the social engineering experimentation of the 1950s and 60s, on the options presented by a grammar school education and on the impossibility of return occasioned by such opportunities. It discusses the escape routes open to some but closed to many.

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Author(s): Höpfl H, Hamilton L, Brannan MJ

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Culture and Organization

Year: 2016

Volume: 23

Issue: 2

Pages: 85-94

Online publication date: 04/03/2016

Acceptance date: 26/01/2016

Date deposited: 03/10/2019

ISSN (print): 1475-9551

ISSN (electronic): 1477-2760

Publisher: Taylor and Francis


DOI: 10.1080/14759551.2016.1151426


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