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8th Edition

The Sociology of Education
A Systematic Analysis

ISBN 9781138237360
Published March 16, 2017 by Routledge
578 Pages 99 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The Sociology of Education: A Systematic Analysis is a comprehensive and cross-cultural look at the sociology of education. This textbook gives a sociological analysis of education by incorporating a diverse set of theoretical approaches. The authors include practical applications and current educational issues to discuss the structure and processes that make education systems work as well as the role sociologists play in both understanding and bring about change.

In addition to up-to-date examples and research, the eighth edition presents three chapters on inequality in educational access and experiences, where class, race and ethnicity, and gender are presented as separate (though intersecting) vectors of educational inequality. Each chapter combines qualitative and quantitative approaches and relevant theory; classics and emerging research; and micro- and macro-level perspectives.  

Table of Contents


Chapter 1 Sociology of Education: A Unique Perspective for Understanding Schools

Chapter 2 Conflicting Functions and Processes in Education: What Makes the System Work?

Chapter 3 Equality of Educational Opportunity?: A Look at Social Class Differences and Inequalities

Chapter 4 Equality of Educational Opportunity?: A Look at Gender Differences and Inequalities

Chapter 5 Equality of Educational Opportunity?: A Look at Racial and Ethnic Differences and Inequalities

Chapter 6 The School as an Organization

Chapter 7 Conflict or Cooperation?: Formal Roles within the Educational System

Chapter 8 Students: The Core of the School

Chapter 9 The Informal System and the "Hidden Curriculum": How "Invisible" Forces Impact Educational Experiences

Chapter 10 The Educational System and the Environment: A Symbiotic Relationship?

Chapter 11 The System of Higher Education

Chapter 12 Education Systems Around the World: A Comparative View

Chapter 13 Educational Movements and Reform



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Jeanne Ballantine is university professor of sociology at Wright State University. She received her master’s degree from Columbia University and her PhD from Indiana University. Jeanne has taught in a number of venues including Japan, Brazil, Spain, Italy Rwanda (as a Fulbright scholar), Semester at Sea and Wittenberg University in Ohio. Her primary areas of scholarship are sociology of education, applied sociology, global studies, and global women’s issues.

Floyd Hammack is Professor Emeritus in the Sociology of Education Program at New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. He edited The Comprehensive High School Today (Teachers College Press, 2004), and recently published "Schooling for Social Mobility: High School Reform for College Access and Success," in the Journal of School Choice.

Jenny Stuber is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of North Florida. In addition to her book, Inside the College Gates (2011), her research has appeared in Sociological Forum, The Journal of Contemporary Sociology, The International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, and Teaching in Higher Education.