A lot of people have helped me with this book, in many different ways. Most important among them is Trinidad without whom it would never have got started and would certainly not have been finished - I cannot say enough.
Richard Bowe, Miki David, Jackie Davies, Sharon Gewirtz, Sheila Macrae, Meg Maguire, Diane Reay and Carol Vincent were the main protagonists in fieldwork and interviewing and many extracts from interviews they conducted are quoted in the text. Agnes van Zanten commented on chapters and the work we did together on several comparisons of education in England and France was very useful to me. Carol Vincent had the patience and stamina to read and comment on everything, for which I am very grateful. Harry Brighouse and Alan Cribb undertook my philosophical education and made me think differently, especially about Chapter 6. Meg Maguire gave me the usual hard time, especially over Chapter 8. Val Hey, Hugh Lauder, Philip Noden and Tim Butler also read parts of the book. Jim Scheurich fed me relevant research from the US. Thank you to Caroline Gill for her multi-tasking and Anjali Kothari who made the diagrams for me. I also thank Annie and Rebecca for helping me cope and Geraldine for the house. Whatever weaknesses remain are down to me.