The University of Southampton
University of Southampton Institutional Repository

At the crossroads: gypsy and traveller parents' perceptions of education, protection and social change

At the crossroads: gypsy and traveller parents' perceptions of education, protection and social change
At the crossroads: gypsy and traveller parents' perceptions of education, protection and social change
This article uses empirical data gathered during a pilot study funded by a local education authority to consider Gypsy and Traveller parents’ perceptions of education. It examines the changing role of education within the lives of Gypsy and Traveller parents and children reflecting changing social circumstances, in particular how many parents now feel schooling has a greater place in their children’s lives than would have been the case a generation ago. The research demonstrated that many families felt their children could learn skills at school and that would be necessary to generate an income in the future. This adaptation towards schooling designed for a sedentary population carried with it a large degree of concern from the point of view of Gypsy and Traveller parents around issues such as cultural erosion and safety, (issues that in the past may have led to many children not attending school). Employing concepts such as Goffman’s umwelt and Putman’s description of defensive bonding social capital this article considers such concerns. It examines how parental anxiety about the transition from primary to secondary schools and the associated perceptions of risk posed by the permissive culture of the sedentary population materialise. It also explores how this transition coincides with parental tensions surrounding the ‘early onset adulthood’ of Gypsy and Traveller children who are regarded within their families and communities as being adults from an early age. Within this context, the article examines some of the very fluid adaptations being made by families to changing economic and social circumstances and also the roles adopted by members of the education ‘community’, in particular Traveller Education Services, in their relationships with Gypsy and Traveller families.
1361-3324
533-548
Myers, Martin
7c2c36aa-1db3-425c-9bab-cbb5f7b70ee1
McGhee, Derek
63b8ae1e-8a71-470c-b780-2f0a95631902
Bhopal, Kalwant
5ac0970e-1c42-4757-87df-6fdb6f826314
Myers, Martin
7c2c36aa-1db3-425c-9bab-cbb5f7b70ee1
McGhee, Derek
63b8ae1e-8a71-470c-b780-2f0a95631902
Bhopal, Kalwant
5ac0970e-1c42-4757-87df-6fdb6f826314

Myers, Martin, McGhee, Derek and Bhopal, Kalwant (2010) At the crossroads: gypsy and traveller parents' perceptions of education, protection and social change. Race Ethnicity and Education, 13 (4), 533-548. (doi:10.1080/13613324.2010.492138).

Record type: Article

Abstract

This article uses empirical data gathered during a pilot study funded by a local education authority to consider Gypsy and Traveller parents’ perceptions of education. It examines the changing role of education within the lives of Gypsy and Traveller parents and children reflecting changing social circumstances, in particular how many parents now feel schooling has a greater place in their children’s lives than would have been the case a generation ago. The research demonstrated that many families felt their children could learn skills at school and that would be necessary to generate an income in the future. This adaptation towards schooling designed for a sedentary population carried with it a large degree of concern from the point of view of Gypsy and Traveller parents around issues such as cultural erosion and safety, (issues that in the past may have led to many children not attending school). Employing concepts such as Goffman’s umwelt and Putman’s description of defensive bonding social capital this article considers such concerns. It examines how parental anxiety about the transition from primary to secondary schools and the associated perceptions of risk posed by the permissive culture of the sedentary population materialise. It also explores how this transition coincides with parental tensions surrounding the ‘early onset adulthood’ of Gypsy and Traveller children who are regarded within their families and communities as being adults from an early age. Within this context, the article examines some of the very fluid adaptations being made by families to changing economic and social circumstances and also the roles adopted by members of the education ‘community’, in particular Traveller Education Services, in their relationships with Gypsy and Traveller families.

Full text not available from this repository.

More information

Published date: 2010

Identifiers

Local EPrints ID: 155521
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/155521
ISSN: 1361-3324
PURE UUID: 8ab9c965-d222-4ad0-8bc8-fe3a922a7047
ORCID for Derek McGhee: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-3226-6300

Catalogue record

Date deposited: 28 May 2010 08:33
Last modified: 19 Jul 2019 01:03

Export record

Altmetrics

Download statistics

Downloads from ePrints over the past year. Other digital versions may also be available to download e.g. from the publisher's website.

View more statistics

Atom RSS 1.0 RSS 2.0

Contact ePrints Soton: eprints@soton.ac.uk

ePrints Soton supports OAI 2.0 with a base URL of https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/cgi/oai2

This repository has been built using EPrints software, developed at the University of Southampton, but available to everyone to use.

We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you continue without changing your settings, we will assume that you are happy to receive cookies on the University of Southampton website.

×