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Sustainable London?The future of a global city$
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Rob Imrie and Loretta Lees

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781447310594

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447310594.001.0001

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Educating London: sustainable social reproduction versus symbolic violence?

Educating London: sustainable social reproduction versus symbolic violence?

(p.195) Ten Educating London: sustainable social reproduction versus symbolic violence?
Sustainable London?

Tim Butler

Policy Press

This chapter argues that education has joined housing and transport as one of the vital issues for London's ability to sustain itself as a world-leading city. It argues that schooling and education should be the means by which citizens can recognize their aspirations for their children in order to achieve intergenerational social mobility. With de-industrialisation and widespread gentrification, London's middle class and those aspiring to join them now form the largest population group in the city. Currently, London's schooling system is socially regressive and is likely to contribute to, rather than mitigate, London's failure to build itself a sustainable future.

Keywords:   higher education, social mobility, unequal opportunity, London education

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