I wish to thank the following people for their kind and generous support: Maggie Archer, my brother Chris, Martin Thrupp, Glenn Rikowski, Margaret and Bob Powell, Sandra Matthews, Ann Ryan, Alan Carter, and the staff and pupils of Southside and Westside, whose contributions are invaluable yet remain anonymous.
I also wish to thank the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) for funding this research (Award No. R00429634324).
Finally, I wish to thank Taylor & Francis for permission to include material from articles previously published in the British Journal of Sociology of Education, 20 (1) (1999), 22 (2) (2001); Sage Publications for permission to include material from an article previously published in Organization 7 (1) (2000) and material from J. Darling (1994) Child-centred Education and its critics; J. Clarke, S. Gewirtz and E. McLaughlin (2000) New Managerialism, New Welfare?; Continuum International Publishing Group to use material from M. Bottery (2000) Education, policy and ethics; Falmer Press to use material from K. A. Riley (1998) Whose School Is It Anyway?; D. Scott (2000) Realism and Educational Research: New Perspectives and Possibilities; Routledge for G. Troman and P. Woods (2001) Primary Teachers' Stress.