chapter  6
'Fish in water'
The schooling habitus of young middle class boys
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This chapter focuses specifically on the experiences of and attitudes towards schooling held by the young middle class boys at South Park Primary School. By focusing on the behaviour and perspectives of the young boys themselves, the chapter shows how they tend to move around their school worlds as 'fish in water', to borrow a phrase from Bourdieu. It draws on the young boys' overall dispositions towards schooling arising from this 'middle class habitus'. The chapter examines the young boys' peer cultures in more detail. It also examines the implications of all this for understanding the nature of young middle class boys' lower levels of educational attainment compared to girls in the early years. The chapter outlines some of the key elements of the schooling habitus of some of the young middle class boys at South Park Primary School.