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Sociological Interpretations of Education

1st Edition

By David Blackledge, Barry Hunt


354 pages

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Paperback: 9781138228283
pub: 2018-09-25
Hardback: 9781138228245
pub: 2017-04-28
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This book, first published in 1985, provides a clear readable account of the principal sociological approaches to education. It is organised around the three main sociological perspectives on education: the Durkheimian and Functionalist, the Marxist and the Interpretative. It concentrates on the most important and interesting writers within each perspective and gives special attention to those who best represent each particular approach.

The book provides a coherent introduction to the sociology of education which encourages the student to analyse the intellectual development of the discipline and its relevance to an understanding of the educational system. In addition, it provides an extensive commentary on each of the approaches considered.

Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figures; Preface; 1. Introduction; Part One: Durkheim and the Functionalist Tradition; 2. Émile Durkheim 3. The Modern Durkheimians 4. The Functionalist Approach to Education 5. An Assessment of the Functionalist Approach; Part Two: The Marxist Perspective; 6. The Marxist Perspective – An Introduction 7. The Marxist Analysis of Education: Theories of Direct Reproduction 8. The Marxist Analysis of Education: Resistance, Relative Autonomy 9. An Evaluation of the Marxist Perspective; Part Three: The Interpretive Approach; 10. The Micro Interpretive Approach – An Introduction 11. Micro Interpretive Approaches: Some Studies of Teachers and Pupils 12. The ‘New’ Sociology of Education 13. Conclusion: The Weberian Perspective; 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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