Education and Society: Issues and Explanations in the Sociology of Education
November 2004, Polity
The book reviews the ways in which sociology contributes to our
understanding of the relationship between education and society.
The sociology of education is treated in historical depth, dealing
with the classic thinkers as well as with contemporary approaches
and issues. In doing so, it critically engages with wider debates
in social theory. There is an extensive treatment of Durkheim and
of the work of Bourdieu and Bernstein, as well as discussion of
post-modernism drawing upon recent ideas in epistemology and
philosophy of science to address the question: What should we
teach? The book covers the macro relationships between education
and the economy and state and the micro processes of the classroom
and school. A central concern is with inequalities of class, gender
and race and their treatment by different sociological
Education and Society will be an essential text for students of sociology and education.
Chapter 1 Differentiation and Inequality.
Chapter 2 Education, Economy and Class.
Chapter 3 Education, State and Status.
Chapter 4 Positions, Strategies and Change.
Chapter 5 The Structure of Pedagogic Discourse.
Chapter 6 The Problems of Knowledge.
- lively and highly accessible introduction to the sociology of education.
- introduces students to the key theoretical perspectives and conceptual frameworks in the sociology of education
- provides a guide to contemporary issues and current debates.
- criticially engages with wider debates in social theory.
- Discusses Durkheim, Bourdieu and Bernstein, as well as post-modernist thinkers
Phil Brown, Economic and Social Research
"This book makes an important contribution to the existing
literature. It brings together a number of theoretical perspectives
with a coherence and comprehensiveness that is difficult to find.
The author does a skillful job of synthesizing complex topics and
Vanessa Smith Morest, Columbia University