ABSTRACT

The British Journal of Sociology of Education has established itself as the leading discipline-based publication. This collection of selected articles published since the first issue provides the reader with an informed insight and understanding of the nature, range and value of sociological thinking, its development over the last twenty-five years as well as the analysis of the relationship between society and education.

Divided into four sections, the book covers:

  • social theory and education
  • social inequality and education
  • sociology of institutions, curriculum and pedagogy
  • research practices in the sociology of education.

The intention of this form of organisation is to provide the reader with an awareness and understanding of multiple perspectives within the discipline as well as key conceptual, theoretical and empirical material, including a wealth of insights, ideas and questions. The editor’s specially written introduction to each section contextualises the selection and introduces readers to the main issues and current thinking in the field.

part |2 pages

Part 1 Theme: Social theory and education

chapter 1|16 pages

New developments in the New Sociology of Education

ByRICHARD J. BATES

chapter 3|21 pages

Vertical and horizontal discourse: An essay

ByBASIL BERNSTEIN

chapter 4|19 pages

The responsible anarchist: Postmodernism and social change

ByELIZABETH ATKINSON

part |4 pages

Part 2 Theme: social inequality and education

chapter 5|23 pages

Liberal ideology, radical critiques and change in education: A matter of goals

ByRICHARD SMITH & JOHN KNIGHT

chapter 7|46 pages

Inequality in higher education: A study of class barriers

ByKATHLEEN LYNCH & CLAIRE O’RIORDAN

chapter 8|29 pages

Help or hindrance? higher education and the route to ethnic equality

ByMICHAEL SHINER & TARIQ MODOOD

part |2 pages

Part 3 Theme: sociology of institutions, curriculum and pedagogy

chapter 9|19 pages

A comparative sociology of school knowledge

ByJOHN SHEPHERD & GRAHAM VULLIAMY

chapter 10|14 pages

Sex and the quiet schoolgirl

ByJULIA STANLEY

part |2 pages

Part 4 Theme: Research practices in the sociology of education

chapter 14|24 pages

Agency as a form of discursive practice: A classroom scene observed

ByBRONWYN DAVIES

chapter 15|15 pages

Challenging masculinity and using sexuality

ByBEVERLEY SKEGGS

chapter 16|20 pages

Captured by the discourse? Issues and concerns in researching ‘parental choice’

ByRICHARD BOWE, SHARON GEWIRTZ & STEPHEN J. BALL