Sociology Index

Sociology Of Education

Sociology of education covers research and study of how social institutions and individuals' experiences affect educational processes and social development. Sociology of education also covers the scope of education in society and the social foundations of education. Sociology of education covers the entire multidimensionality of education as an institution. David Emile Durkheim's focused on the moral and social aspects of education. Sociology of education is a area within sociology and cuts across many other disciplines. The dilemmas and opportunities facing contemporary theories of gender and education are discussed in sociology of education.

Durkheim's desire to integrate practical and theoretical aspects of education. The Political Arithmetic tradition within the sociology of education began with Hogben (1938) and denotes a tradition of politically critical quantitative research dealing with social inequality, particularly those generated by social stratification. The political arithmetic tradition was attacked by the 'New Sociology of Education' of the 1970s which rejected quantitative research methods.

Sociology Of Education Abstracts

Environment and Technology or Sociology of Education - Kenneth Love, American Sociological Association.
Abstract: What are the pros and cons of a blended Foundations of Sociology course, online and in-class, and is it worthy of nationwide integration? Enhancing "Sociological Imagination," the overall goal of the course, is questioned positively and negatively. Varying opinions emerge though analysis of class discussions on the importance of "socialization through technology" and "team work and development."

The Anomalous Beasts: Hooligans and the Sociology of Education
Sara Delamont, SOCAS Cardiff University. Abstract: This paper argues that the subspecialism of sociology of education has, for a century, been ambivalent about the `hooligan'. It has both celebrated and excoriated the anti-school working-class boy. Similarly, the mainstream of sociology has been ambivalent about sociologists of education, both relying on them and ignoring them. Thirdly, the paper speculates on the position of hooligans in Britain in 2025 and the relationship between mainstream sociology and the sociology of education.

The Embodiment of Learning: What the Sociology of Education Doesn't Say about 'Risk' in Going to School - International Sociology of Education Conference: Teaching and Learning in Changing Times - London University, London. Abstract: Despite burgeoning interests in "the body" as a topic of sociological interest and analysis in recent decades, with few notable exceptions, the sociology of education has not taken as seriously as it might how "embodied subjectivities" both shape and are framed by contexts of teaching and learning.

The sociology of education. Contemporary trends - Gonzalez R., G., Torres, C. A. Abstract: A sociological, political and economic analysis of education is contained in this anthology in which articles presented at the "Seminar on Contemporary Trends in the Sociology of Education" held in the Center for Economic and Social Studies of the Third World in San Jeronimo in 1980, are summarized.

Reconceptualising Structure and Agency in the Sociology of Education: structuration theory and schooling - Chris Shilling, British Journal of Sociology of Education, Vol. 13, No. 1. (1992). Abstract: Since the 1970s there has been considerable debate among sociologists of education about the macro-micro gap in educational analyses. The dominant conceptions of structure and agency employed in the sociology of education are characterised by a dualism which makes it difficult to conceptualise adequately the processes involved in social change.

Accuracy, Critique and the Anti-Tribes in Sociology of Education: A Reply to Sara Delamont's ‘Anomalous Beasts’ - John Abraham, School of Social Sciences, Arts E Building, University of Sussex.
Abstract: In a recent edition of Sociology (34, February 2000), Sara Delamont provides an interesting account of the relationship between the sub-discipline, sociology of education, and parent discipline, sociology. It is refreshingly original because articles which reflect on the relational structure of sociology as a discipline are rare, especially those which focus on sociology of education. That said, I disagree with substantial parts of her characterisation of sociology of education and I believe that some parts of it are so misleading that they need to be corrected.

The Sociology of Education: Losing Influence in an Age of Accountability - Butler, Suellen. American Sociological Association.
Abstract: Are the topics and teaching methods that define the “nature of the sociology of education,” relevant to supporting a ‘quality’ teaching program in Childhood Education (Wagenaar, 2000)? Standards and attributes used in reviews conducted by these organizations will be compared with current rankings of topics and teaching methods used in teaching the Sociology of Education. Analysis indicates growing divergence between the standards and the performance based model used to evaluate and accredit teacher preparation programs and the topics and teaching methods used in the sociology of education course.

Sociology of Education and Marxism in Brazil - Oswalo J. Yamamoto, Antonio Cabral Neto. Abstract: It is argued in this paper that the effect of the Marxist thought on Brazilian education was a process heavily determined by a peculiar set of historic circumstances. The main context was the struggle against the military dictatorship and in favour of the democratisation of society, conditioning both educational literature and educators' organisation. After the golden age of the Marxist paradigm the influence of Marxist studies has dramatically declined.

No such thing as a consensus: Olive Banks and the sociology of education - Sara Delamont.

Sociology Of Education Books

DiMaggio, Paul and John Mohr. 1985. "Cultural Capital, Educational Attainment, and Marital Selection." American Journal of Sociology 90, 6: 1231-1261. (Reader).

Power and Ideology in Education Book by Jerome Karabel, A. H. Halsey (Editor)
The thirty-seven articles of this volume provide an interdisciplinary approach to the understanding of educational institutions in modern society.

Higher Education and Social Class: Issues of Inclusion and Exclusion
Book by Alistair Ross, Merryn Hutchings, Carole Leathwood, Robert Gilchrist, David Phillips, Louise Archer.

Arum, Richard and Irenee R. Beattie, eds. 2000. The Structure of Schooling: Readings in the Sociology of Education. London: Mayfield Press. (Highly recommended as introductory/overview text).

Boocock, Sarane S. 1973. "The School as a Social Environment for Learning: Social Organization and Micro-Social Process in Education." Sociology of Education 46: 15-50.

Bidwell, Charles and Friedkin, Noah. 1988. "The Sociology of Education." Pp. 449-471 in Neil J. Smelser (ed.), Handbook of Sociology. Beverly Hills, CA: Sage Publishing Co.

Dreeben, Robert. 1994. "The Sociology of Education: Its Development om the United States," pp. 7-52 in Research in Sociology of Education and Socialization, vol 16. Aaron Pallas (ed.). Greenwich CT: JAI Press.

Bidwell, Charles and Yasumoto, Jeff. 1999. "The Collegial Focus: Teaching Fields, Colleague Relationships, and Instructional Practice in American High Schools." Sociology of Education 72, 4: 234-256.

Hallinan, Maureen. 1994. "Tracking, From Theory to Practice" & "Further Thoughts on Tracking." Sociology of Education, 67: 79-83 & 89-90.

Quiroz, Pamela. Nilda Gonzales, and Kenneth Frank. 1996. "Carving a Niche in the High School Social Structure: Formal and Informal Constraints on Participation in the Extra-Curriculum." Research in Sociology of Education and Socialization 11: 93-120.

Kinney, David A. 1993. "From Nerds to Normals: The Recovery of Identity Among Adolescents from Middle School to High School." Sociology of Education 66, 1: 21-40. (Reader)

Lareau, Annette. 1987. "Social Class and Family-School Relationships: The Importance of Cultural Capital. Sociology of Education 56: 73-85.

Lareau, Annette and Erin McNamara Horvat. 1999. Moments of Social Inclusion and Exclusion: Race, Class, and Cultural Capital in Family-School Relationships. Sociology of Education 72, 1: 37-53.

The Structure of Schooling: Readings in the Sociology of Education Dr. Richard Arum, Irenee R. Beattie, Karly Ford

Handbook of the Sociology of Education (Handbooks of Sociology and Social Research) by Maureen T. Hallinan

Knowledge, Pedagogy and Society: International Perspectives on Basil Bernstein's Sociology of Education by Daniel Frandji and Philippe Vitale

The Routledge International Handbook of the Sociology of Education (The Routledge International Handbook Series) by Michael W. Apple, Stephen J. Ball, and Luis Armando Gandin

The Sociology Of Education (Value Pack) by Jeanne H. Ballantine and Floyd M. Hammack.

Equality and Achievement: An Introduction to the Sociology of Education (2nd Edition) by Cornelius H. Riordan.

Sociology of Education Research Units


British Journal of Sociology of Education
Publishes academic articles from throughout the world which contribute to both theory and empirical evidence research in the sociology of education. It attempts to reflect the variety of perspectives current in the field.


Research Unit for the Sociology of Education - RUSE in Finland specialises in research on the sociology of education and education policy.

Sociology of Education - The American Sociological Association.
The journal presents a balance of papers examining all stages and all types of education.

International Studies in Sociology of Education
Publisher: Routledge - This international journal seeks to publish material from current research projects in the sociology of education from around the world.