1st Edition

Elite Education
International perspectives

ISBN 9781138799615
Published October 12, 2015 by Routledge
220 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Elite Education – International Perspectives is the first book to systematically examine elite education in different parts of the world. Authors provide a historical analysis of the emergence of national elite education systems and consider how recent policy and economic developments are changing the configuration of elite trajectories and the social groups benefiting from these.

Through country-level case studies, this book offers readers an in-depth account of elite education systems in the Anglophone world, in Europe and in the emerging financial centres of Africa, Asia and Latin America. A series of commentaries highlight commonalities and differences between elite education systems, and offer insights into broader theoretical issues, with which educationalists, researchers and policy makers are engaging .

With authors including Stephen J. Ball, Donald Broady, Rubén Gaztambide-Fernández, Heinz-Hermann Krüger, Maria Alice Nogueira, Julia Resnik and Agnès van Zanten, the book offers a benchmark perspective on issues frequently glossed over in comparative education, including the processes by which powerful groups retain privilege and ‘elite’ status in rapidly changing societies.

Elite Education – International Perspectives will appeal to policy makers and academics in the fields of education and sociology. Simultaneously it will be of special relevance to post-graduates enrolled on courses in the sociology of education, education policy, and education and international development.

Table of Contents


Claire Maxwell & Peter Aggleton

Part I - Developments in the Anglophone world: England, Scotland, Australia and North America

The historical construction of an elite education in England
Claire Maxwell and Peter Aggleton

‘Independent’ in Scotland: elite by education?
Joan Forbes and Gaby Weiner

Elite education in the Australian context
Sue Saltmarsh

‘Private schools in the public system’: school choice and the production of elite status in the USA and Canada
Rubén Gaztambide-Fernández and Julie Garlen Maudlin

The future of elite research in education - Commentary
Stephen J. Ball

Part II - European perspectives: similarities and differences in Scandinavia, France and Germany

A sound foundation? Financial elite families and egalitarian schooling in Norway
Helene Aarseth

Elite education in Sweden – a contradiction in terms?
Mikael Börjesson, Donald Broady, Tobias Dalberg and Ida Lidegran

Elite education in Germany? Trends, developments and challenges
Ulrike Deppe and Heinz-Hermann Krüger

Promoting equality and reproducing privilege in elite educational tracks in France
Agnès van Zanten

Elite education and class reproduction - Commentary
Magne Flemmen

Part III - emerging financial powers in Latin America, Asia and Africa

‘Eliteness’ in Chinese schooling: towards an ethnographic approach
Peidong Yang

‘Eliteness’ and elite schooling in contemporary Nigeria
Pere Ayling

The education of Brazilian elites in the 21st century: new opportunities or new forms of distinction?
Maria Alice Nogueira and Maria Teresa G. Alves

Servicing Elite Interests: Elite Education in Post-Neoliberal Argentina - Commentary
Howard Prosser

Elite education systems in the emerging financial powers
Julia Resnik

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Claire Maxwell is a reader in sociology of education at UCL Institute of Education, University College London, UK.

Peter Aggleton is Scientia Professor in Education and Health in the Centre for Social Research in Health at UNSW Australia. He is a visiting professorial fellow in education at UCL Institute of Education in London, and a visiting professor in global health in the School of Global Studies at Sussex University, UK.