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The RoutledgeFalmer Reader in Sociology of Education

1st Edition

Edited by Stephen Ball


312 pages

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Paperback: 9780415327763
pub: 2003-12-11
Hardback: 9780415327756
pub: 2003-12-18

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The RoutledgeFalmer Reader in Sociology of Education brings together a carefully selected collection of articles and book chapters to reflect enduring trends in the field of Sociology of Education. Focusing on the major issues confronting education today, this lively and informative Reader provides broad coverage of the field and includes sections on crucial topics such as:

  • social class
  • globalization
  • gender
  • curriculum
  • social inequality and social justice
  • students and classrooms.

With an emphasis on contemporary pieces that deal with issues relevant to the immediate real world, this book represents the research and views of some of the most respected authors in the field today. Stephen Ball offers a collection that is theoretically informed, internationally applicable, and universally accessible.

In a specially written introduction, Ball provides a much-needed context to the current educational climate. Students of sociology and sociology of education will find this Reader an important route map to further reading and understanding.


'This is a welcome edition to the resources of teachers in the field who have not been well served in terms of readers covering a broad range of concerns in the sociology of education'. - British Journal of Educational Studies

Table of Contents

The Sociology of education S. J. Ball 1. The forms of capital P.Bourdieu 2. 'Finding or losing yourself'?: Working-class relationships to education D. Reay 3. Education, globalisation and economic development P. Brown & H. Lauder 4. Globalisation, the Learning Society and Comparative Education P. Jarvis 5. The social construction of youthful masculinities O'Donnell & Sharpe 6. The discursive production of male/female dualism in school settings B.Davies 7. Performatives and fabrications in the education economy S. J. Ball 8. The capitalist state and public policy formation: Framework for a political sociology of educational policy making C. Torres 9. Cultural politics and the text M. W. Apple10. Social class and pedagogic practice B. Bernstein 11. The reconstruction of primary teachers' identities P. Woods & B. Jeffrey12. Teachers doing their economic work J. Smyth & G. Shacklock 13. Schools, families and academically able students: cantrasting modes of involvement in secondary education S. Power, G. Whitty, T. Edwards & V. Wigfall 14. Towards a sociology of learning in primary schools A. Pollard

About the Series

RoutledgeFalmer Readers in Education

This authoritative series of Readers provides a rich resource of some of the most influential chapters and articles from leading books and journals within education. Each Reader offers undergraduate and postgraduate students the opportunity to review and reflect upon the key issues they face in their studies. Introduced and edited by some of the leading figures in their fields, these Readers are a lively and informative route map to further reading and understanding, making them an ideal course companion.

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