This collection brings together many of the world’s leading sociologists of education to explore and address key issues and concerns within the discipline. The thirty-seven newly commissioned chapters draw upon theory and research to provide new accounts of contemporary educational processes, global trends, and changing and enduring forms of social conflict and social inequality.

The research, conducted by leading international scholars in the field, indicates that two complexly interrelated agendas are discernible in the heat and noise of educational change over the past twenty-five years. The first rests on a clear articulation by the state of its requirements of education. The second promotes at least the appearance of greater autonomy on the part of educational institutions in the delivery of those requirements. The Routledge International Handbook of the Sociology of Education examines the ways in which the sociology of education has responded to these two political agendas, addressing a range of issues which cover three key areas:

  • perspectives and theories
  • social processes and practices
  • inequalities and resistances.

The book strongly communicates the vibrancy and diversity of the sociology of education and the nature of ‘sociological work’ in this field. It will be a primary resource for teachers, as well as a title of major interest to practising sociologists of education.

chapter |11 pages


Mapping the sociology of education: social context, power and knowledge
ByMichael W. Apple, Stephen J. Ball, Luis Armando Gandin

part |130 pages

Perspectives and theories

chapter |12 pages

‘Spatializing' the sociology of education

Stand-points, entry-points, vantage-points 1
BySusan L. Robertson

chapter |10 pages

Foucault and education

ByInés Dussel

chapter |11 pages

Education and critical race theory

ByDavid Gillborn, Gloria Ladson-Billings

chapter |10 pages

The ethics of national hospitality and globally mobile researchers 1

ByJohannah Fahey, Jane Kenway

chapter |11 pages

Towards a sociology of the global teacher

ByMeg Maguire

chapter |10 pages

Codes, pedagogy and knowledge

Advances in Bernsteinian sociology of education
ByUrsula Hoadley, Johan Muller

chapter |11 pages

Social democracy, complexity and education

Sociological perspectives from welfare liberalism
ByMark Olssen

chapter |12 pages

The sociology of mothering

ByCarol Vincent

chapter |11 pages

Rationalisation, disenchantment and re-enchantment

Engaging with Weber's sociology of modernity
ByPhilip A. Woods

chapter |11 pages

Recognizing the subjects of education

Engagements with Judith Butler
ByDeborah Youdell

part |140 pages

Social processes and practices

chapter |10 pages

Doing the work of God

Home schooling and gendered labor
ByMichael W. Apple

chapter |12 pages

New states, new governance and new education policy

ByStephen J. Ball

chapter |12 pages

Towards a sociology of pedagogies 1

ByBob Lingard

chapter |11 pages

Families, values, and class relations

The politics of alternative certification
ByAndrew Brantlinger, Laurel Cooley, Ellen Brantlinger

chapter |10 pages

Popular culture and the sociology of education

ByGreg Dimitriadis

chapter |13 pages

Schooling the body in a performative culture

ByJohn Evans, Brian Davies, Emma Rich

chapter |16 pages

Tracking and inequality

New directions for research and practice
ByAdam Gamoran

chapter |12 pages

Education and the right to the city

The intersection of urban policies, education, and poverty
ByPauline Lipman

chapter |11 pages

A revisited theme – middle classes and the school

ByMaria Alice Nogueira

chapter |10 pages

Governing without governing

The formation of a European educational space
ByAntónio Nóvoa

chapter |9 pages

The university in the twenty-first century

Toward a democratic and emancipatory university reform 1
ByBoaventura de Sousa Santos

part |141 pages

Inequalities and resistances

chapter |11 pages

The Indian middle classes and educational advantage

Family strategies and practices
ByGeetha B. Nambissan

chapter |10 pages

Equality and social justice

The university as a site of struggle
ByKathleen Lynch, Margaret Crean, Marie Moran

chapter |11 pages

The sociology of elite education

ByAgnès van Zanten

chapter |9 pages

The democratization of governance in the Citizen School project

Building a new notion of accountability in education
ByLuis Armando Gandin

chapter |12 pages

Syncretism and hybridity

Schooling, language, and race and students from non-dominant communities 1
ByKris D. Gutié, Arshad Ali, Cecilia Henríquez

chapter |14 pages

Dilemmas of race-rememory buried alive

Popular education, nation, and diaspora in critical education
ByGrace Livingston

chapter |12 pages

Momentum and melancholia

Women in higher education internationally
ByLouise Morley

chapter |9 pages

Sociology, social class and education

ByDiane Reay

chapter |9 pages

Interfaces between the sociology of education and the studies about youth in Brazil

ByMarília Pontes Sposito, Jessé Rebello de Souza, Sophia Marzouk

chapter |10 pages

Social class and schooling

ByLois Weis