Willis: Learning to Labour

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What do Marxists argue that capitalisism can't function without
A workforce that is willing to accept exploitation
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What does education produce and legitimate?
Class inequality
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What do Bowles and Gintis see education as?
A straight forward process of indoctrination into the myth of meritocracy
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What does Willis' study show?
That working class pupils can resist such attempts
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What does Willis combine his Marxist approach with?
An Interactionalist approach
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What does this approach focus on?
The meaning that pupils give to their situation and how these enable them to resist indoctrination
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What does Willis' study of the Lads' show?
The counter-school culture of the 12 working boys' transition from school to work
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What did their culture oppose?
The school system
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They were scornful of the conformist boys, so what did they call them?
'ear'oles' because they listened to the teachers
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What did the lads' have?
Their own intimidatory humour, taking the **** out of the ear'oles and the girls
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How did they behave in school?
Flouted it's rules and values (smoking and drinking), they were disruptive and truanting
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Acts of defiance are ways of what?
Resisting the school
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What did the lads' reject?
The schools meritocratic ideology that W/C pupils can achieve M/C jobs through hard work
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What does Willis note a similarity between?
The lads' antisocial counter-culture and the shop floor culture of male manual workers
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What do both these cultures see?
Manual work as superior and intellectual work as inferior and effeminate
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Who do the lads' identify with and what does this explain?
Male manual work and explains why they see themselves as superior to girls and the 'effeminate ear'oles' who aspire to non manual jobs
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What else does it explain?
How the lads' counter-culture of resistance to school helps them to slot into the jobs that capitalism needs someone to perform
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The lads' are accustomed to boredom and so don't expect what from work?
Satisfaction
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What do their acts of rebellion guarantee?
That the lads' will end up in unskilled jobs
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What is the irony?
That by resisting the schools ideology, the lads ensure that they are destined for unskilled work that capitalism requires
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What is a criticism of Bowles and Gintis?
Functionalists believe that meritocracy does exist
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What does Willis reject?
The view that school simply brainwashes pupils into passively accepting their fate.
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