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Grammar Schools and Social Mobility; The Opera Fanatic

30 minutes
First broadcast:
Wednesday 30 November 2011

Laurie Taylor explores opera fanatics at the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires and compares them to fans in Cardiff, with Professor Claudio Benzecry from the University of Connecticut and Professor Paul Atkinson from Cardiff University. And he explores the popularly held notion that grammar schools aid social mobility with Dr Adam Swift from the University of Oxford.
Producer Chris Wilson.

  • Dr Adam Swift

    Fellow in Politics and Sociology at the University of Oxford

    Paper “Do Comprehensive Schools Reduce Social Mobility?”
    Vikki Boliver1,*, Adam Swift2Article first published online: 1 MAR 2011
    DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-4446.2010.01346.x
    The British Journal of Sociology
    Volume 62, Issue 1, pages 89–110, March 2011

    Find out more about Adam Swift
  • Claudio E. Benzecry

    Assistant Professor Sociology University of Connecticut

    The Opera Fanatic
    Publisher: University of Chicago Press
    ISBN-10: 0226043428
    ISBN-13: 978-0226043425

    Find out more about Claudio Benzecry
  • Paul Atkinson

    Distinguished Research Professor, School of Social Sciences Cardiff University

    Everyday Arias An Operatic Ethnography (Welsh National Opera)
    Publisher: Altamira Press
    ISBN-10: 0759150737
    ISBN-13: 978-0759150737

    Find out more about Paul Atkinson



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