First published in 1979, this third edition of The Sociology of Education at the time held the field as the standard textbook on the subject. It takes into account the changes that occurred in the field from the publication of the first edition in 1965 and the second edition in 1972.
The book is divided into three parts: the first considers the way in which the child becomes a social being and the influences upon them of the family, the peer group and the mass media; the second deals with the sociology of schooling and looks at different types and stages of schools, as well as the attitudes and forms of interaction within them; and finally the third traces the relationship between education and social institutions, and looks at the balance between the preservation of social stability and the introduction of change.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgements; Preface to the Second Edition; Preface to the Third Edition; 1. Introduction; Part I: The Child and Society; 2. Socialization 3. The Family, Socialization and Education 4. Social Class and Socialization 5. Youth Cultures and Peer Groups 6. Children and Mass Media; Part II: The Sociology of Schooling; 7. School Structures and Cultures 8. The Occupation of Teaching 9. The School Curriculum 10. School Processes 11. Classroom Processes; Part III: The Social Functions of Education; 12. The Political Function 13. The Economic Function 14. The Selection Function 15. Stability and Change; Name Index; Subject Index