Knowledge, Ideology and the Politics of Schooling: Towards a Marxist analysis of education, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Knowledge, Ideology and the Politics of Schooling

Towards a Marxist analysis of education, 1st Edition

By Rachel Sharp


198 pages

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First published in 1980, this book argues that a theory of ideology is essential to a theory of education. It relates developments in the Marxist theory of ideology to the analysis of schooling in a capitalist society.

Beginning with an appraisal of the early twentieth century liberal social theorists, including Weber, Durkheim, Veblen and Mannheim, it demonstrates that the weakness of their approaches arose from a failure to comprehend adequately the nature of capitalism. It then outlines the state of the theory of ideology at the time and applies the concept in an analysis of contemporary schooling, concluding with a discussion of its political implications. The application of the theory of ideology offers important possibilities for a radical socialist strategy on education.

Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. Liberal theory and the crisis in bourgeois society 2. Education and the classical sociological tradition 3. The sociology of the curriculum: a critique 4. The theory of ideology 5. Ideology and schooling 6. What is to be done?; Bibliography; Index

About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: Sociology of Education

This set of 62 volumes, originally published between 1959 and 2005, amalgamates a wide breadth on the sociology of education, with a particular focus on culture, class and curriculum theory. This collection of books from some of the leading scholars in the field provides a comprehensive overview of the subject how it has evolved over time, and will be of particular interest to students of sociology, education and those undertaking teaching qualifications.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Philosophy & Social Aspects