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Perspectives on the Sociology of Education

An Introduction, 1st Edition

By Philip Robinson


250 pages

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First published in 1981, this book provides a basic introduction to the sociology of education. It brings together many of the principal arguments in order to help the student reach an understanding of the multitude of conflicting opinions, theoretical positions and biases within the field.

The work considers the structures within which the child, the family and the classroom are located, focusing on the theory and the ways in which they can be used to explain the workings of the educational system. It introduces not only the work of classical educational sociologists such as Durkheim, Weber and Marx, but also more recent scholars such as Halsey, Becker and Althusser.

With a global coverage, the book emphasizes the implications of the developments of the sociology of education for educational policy.

Table of Contents

1. Changing sociologies 2. Changing sociologies of education 3. Socialization 1. The Child and the Family 4. Socialization 2. Language, intelligence and ability 5. Into the classroom 6. Teachers and teaching 7. Social organization of knowledge 8. Schools as organizations 9. Education and the structure of opportunity 10. Education and the Third World 11. Reproduction and relative autonomy; Bibliography; Name index; Subject 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