chapter  11
20 Pages

The Political Economy of Education: Schooling in Capitalist Society

The last chapter concluded with my attempt to isolate some of the outstanding features of Braverman's views which are most relevant for my present purpose — the understanding of the relationship between education, economics and politics. It is appropriate to have considered Braverman's brilliant analysis of capitalist social relations before turning our attention to the political economy of education, because the latter work, in many respects, presupposes a knowledge of his main themes: the forms in which contemporary capitalism has developed; the important historical tendencies such as the expansion of capital, and changes in the division of labour. Let us now see how these changes are related to the educational system, and analyse the ways in which these forces, external to the school system, have impinged upon its operations.