Sociology of Education

A Critical Reader, 2nd Edition

Edited by Alan R. Sadovnik

© 2011 – Routledge

582 pages

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About the Book

This comprehensive and bestselling Reader examines the most pressing topics in sociology and education while exposing students to examples of sociological research on schools. Drawing from classic and contemporary scholarship, noted sociologist Alan R. Sadovnik has chosen readings that examine current issues and reflect diverse theoretical approaches to studying the effects of schooling and society. The second edition provides students with seven new readings from some of the best theorists and researchers in education including James S. Coleman, Madeleine Arnot, and Claudia Buchman. Through full, rather than excerpted primary source readings, students have the opportunity to read sociological research as it is written and engage in critical analyses of readings in their entirety. Including comprehensive section introductions, questions for reflection and discussion, and suggested readings, Sociology of Education will stimulate student thinking about the important roles that schools play in contemporary society and their ability to solve fundamental social, economic and political problems.


"Sociology of Education is a fabulous reader. Sadovnik lays out the field in a concise but nuanced way. Students are much better served by having experience with full arguments and being able to see setups, methods, and other parts that excerpted works often cut." --Marcus Weaver-Hightower, Associate Professor, Educational Foundations and Research, University of North Dakota

Praise for the previous edition:

"Sociology of Education offers the student a concise portrayal of sociological theory and methods and an understanding that sociology is not limited to a single level of focus, such as on individuals, collectivities, or societies. Further, this textbook possesses a hallmark of quality textbooks in sociology---a capacity to weave diverse theories together."--A. Gary Dworkin, Professor of Sociology, University of Houston

Table of Contents

Introduction to the Sociological Study of Education, Alan R. Sadovnik Part 1: Theory and Method in the Sociology of Education 1.Theory and Research in the Sociology of Education Alan R. Sadovnik 2. On Education and Society Emile Durkheim 3. Functional and Conflict Theories of Educational Stratification Randall Collins 4. Broken Promises: School Reform in Retrospect Samuel Bowles and Herbert Gintis 5. On Understanding the Processes of Education: The Contributions of Labeling Theory Ray Rist 6. The Forms of Capital Pierre Bourdieu 7. Social Capital in the Creation of Human Capital James S. Coleman 8. Class and Pedagogies: Visible and Invisible Basil Bernstein 9. The Effects of Education as an Institution John Meyer Part 2: School Organization and Processes: Teaching, Learning and Curriculum Introduction 10. The Organizational Contexts of Teaching and Learning: Changing Theoretical Perspectives Adam Gamoran, Walter Secada and Cora Marrett 11. Is there Really a Teacher Shortage? Richard Ingersoll 12.Whose Markets, Whose Knowledge Michael W. Apple Part 3: International Education Introduction 13. The Political Construction of Mass Schooling: European Origins and Worldwide Institutionalization Francisco Ramirez and John Boli 14. Sociological Understandings of Contemporary Gender Transformations in Schooling in the UK Madeleine Arnot 15. Nation Versus Nation: The Race to Be the First in the World David P. Baker and Gerald LeTendre Part 4: Higher Education Introduction 16. College-for-All: Do Students Understand What College Demands? James E. Rosenbaum 17. It's Not Enough to Get Through the Open Door: Inequalities by Social Background in Transfer from Community Colleges to Four-Year Colleges Kevin J. Dougherty and Gregory S. Kienzl 18. Mass Higher Education and Its Critics Paul Attewell and David Lavin Part 5: Education and Inequality Introduction 19. Tracking: From Theory to Practice Maureen Hallinan 20. More than Misplaced Technology: A Normative and Political Response to Hallinan on Tracking Jeannie Oakes 21. Invisible Inequality: Social Class and Childrearing in Black Families and White Families Annette Lareau 22. Collective Identity and the Burden of Acting White in Black History, Community and Education John Ogbu 23. The Burden of Acting White: Cultural Conflict Among Asian-American Students Jamie Lew 24.Seeking Equity in the Education of California’s English Learners Russell W. Rumberger and Patricia Gandera 25. Gender Inequalities in the Transition to College Claudia Buchman Part 6: Educational Reform and Policy Introduction 26. Refusing the Leave Desegregation Behind: From Graduates of Racially Diverse Schools to the Supreme Court Amy Stuart Wells, Jacquelyn Duran and Terrenda White 27. The False Promises of School Choice in NCLB Douglas Lauen 28. Our Impoverished View of Educational Reform David C. Berliner

About the Editor

Alan R. Sadovnik is Professor of Education, Sociology, and Public Affairs at Rutgers University, Newark, New Jersey.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General