The Injunctions of the New Approach
A new approach has revolutionized the sociology of education. Its main expression and source of inspiration has been the book edited and introduced by Michael F.D. Young, Knowledge and Control. Its contributors have differing perspectives and concerns, but the collection of papers, particularly those by Young, Esland and Keddie, expresses criticism of the traditional sociology of education. This 'new sociology of education' has been described as a fundamental change within the sociology of education.1 What then were its main criticisms of the traditional sociology of education, and what did the alternative approach suggest we do?