Social control is a central sociological concept which has generated many influential ‘models’ of man in society. This book examines these major models, and examines the rise of compulsory schooling in Britain and the USA and shows us which aspects of education and social control have been elaborated or neglected in the sociology of education down to the mid 1970s.

chapter 1|9 pages


Basic issues in sociology

chapter 3|18 pages

The rise of mass education I


chapter 4|21 pages

The rise of mass education 2

United States

chapter 5|22 pages

Two great sociologies, both of necessity

Marx and Durkheim

chapter 7|17 pages

Transmission and reproduction

The contemporary work of Bernstein and Bourdieu

chapter 8|36 pages

Inside schools and classrooms