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Type: Paper
Paper Title: EDUCATION FOR ALL, SOCIAL MOBILITY FOR THE FEW AND MERITOCRACY FOR NONE: CONCEPTUALIZING AND EXPLAINING THE FAILURE OF EDUCATION TO PROMOTE SOCIAL MOBILITY IN GREECE.
Author: SPYROS THEMELIS (INSTITUTE OF EDUCATION,LONDON)   
Date/Time: Sun., 10:00 AM
Co-Author(s): SPYROS THEMELIS (INSTITUTE OF EDUCATION,LONDON) 
Abstract: This paper will focus on the exploration of the central post-World War II political proclamation of ‘education based meritocracy’, which has been pervasive in capitalist liberal democracies. In particular, it will seek to conceptualize and problematise the episodic and ephemeral role that education has had over the course of the last 60 years or so on people’s lives. It will draw from findings based on an ethnographic study that was conducted in a community in the North West of Greece, where Roma and non-Roma people have been cohabitating for many decades. Central to its exploration will be individuals’ strategies, experiences, attitudes and practices vis-à-vis their education and the role it has had in their occupational and socio-economic progress. Its focus will be both on Roma and non-Roma people, as well as on males and females, given that the diverse experiences of these groups are expected to offer divergent aspects on the pertinent issues. It will be argued that the changing impact of education on people’s occupational careers and concomitant socio-economic advancement, can only be understood if examined in tandem with the type of development that was adopted in the specific setting. Finally, the paper will seek alternative explanatory frameworks for the understanding of differential achievement between ethnic groups, social classes and sexes and which do not rely on ‘deterministic’ or ‘essentialist’ foundations. These alternative frameworks, it will be suggested, are to be found in approaches that are sensitive to various forms of identity and considerate of different aspects of social organisation (such as political, cultural, economic and so on).

Program Number: 4-047
Session Title: STUDYING FOR THE PART: SCHOOLING, EDUCATION, AND ASPIRATIONS OF SOCIAL MOBILITY
Session Sponsor: Council on Anthropology and Education
Session Date/Time: Sun., 8:00 AM-11:45 AM
Organizer(s): ANDRIA TIMMER (University of Iowa) 
Chair(s): LAVANYA MURALI PROCTOR (The University of Iowa)  
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