This book introduces the student to the various phenomenological and humanistic Marxist perspectives as they are being applied to education and provides an account of the strengths and weaknesses of these perspectives, drawing on a variety of disciplines in order to explain the controversies described. The opening chapters deal with the phenomenological perspective in the sociology of education, discussing its adoption of a phenomenological model of man, its use of anthropological studies, the importance of classroom studies, and its rejection of the ‘liberal’ philosophy of education. The aim is to show the significance of these ideas for education, with a discussion of the concept of alienation and schooling, developments in Marxism such as the focus on the mode of production and the labour process, and the political economy of education.



chapter |10 pages


part Part One|93 pages

Some Features of the New Sociology of Education

chapter Chapter 1|12 pages

The Injunctions of the New Approach

chapter Chapter 2|11 pages

The Use of Anthropological Studies

chapter Chapter 5|17 pages

The Importance of Classroom Studies

chapter Chapter 7|8 pages

Towards a Radical Reappraisal

part Part Two|90 pages

Marxism and Education

chapter Chapter 8|23 pages

An Introduction to Marxism

chapter Chapter 9|19 pages

Alienation and Schooling

chapter Chapter 12|9 pages

Summary and Conclusions