Schools and Societies

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Stanford University Press, 2006 - Social Science - 340 pages
Schools and Societies provides a synthesis of key issues in the sociology of education, focusing on American schools while offering a global, comparative context. Already a standard text in its first edition, this fully revised and updated second edition offers a broader sweep and stronger theoretical foundation, and takes into consideration key developments in education policy and scholarship since the late 1990s.

The book is distinguished from others in the field by its breadth of coverage, compelling institutional history, and lively prose style. It opens with a chapter on schooling as a social institution. Subsequent chapters examine and compare schooling in industrialized and developing countries, and discuss the major purposes of schooling: transmitting culture, socializing young people, and sorting youth for class and occupations. Materials from different educational systems are interwoven throughout the book. The concluding chapter looks at school reform efforts and the future possibilities of schooling.

 

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Contents

Schools as Social Institutions
1
Schooling in the Industrialized World
31
Schooling in the Developing World
68
Schools and Cultural Transmission
97
Schools and Socialization
132
Opportunity
162
Inequality
189
Teaching and Learning in Comparative Perspective
222
School Reform and the Possibilities of Schooling
253
Notes
283
References
293
Index
327
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Steven Brint is Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Riverside and Director of the College and Universities 2000 study. An award-winning sociologist, he is the author of The Diverted Dream (1989 with Jerome Karabel), and In an Age of Experts (1994). He is also editor of The Future of the City of Intellect (Stanford University Press, 2002).

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