Policy as history and as theory
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Policy as history and as theory book
This passage announced an approach to policy and to theory with a firm and precise commitment to 'close and detailed' historical description and analysis, and it served also as a reminder of the lack of serious and sustained attention to the processes of education in Britain since the Second World War, in spite of the large amount of sociological, political and even historical analysis of particular educational events, processes and types of institution. There has been little such analysis in other countries, the handful of American examples including Joel Spring's The Sorting Machine and Bowles and Gintis's analysis of Schooling in Capitalist America. Unpopular Education offered a moment of reflection and synthesis not unlike that attempted in the previous decade by the latter.