This comprehensive reader in the sociology of education examines important topics and exposes students to examples of sociological research on schools. Drawing from classic and contemporary scholarship, the editors have chosen readings that examine current issues and reflect diverse theoretical approaches to studying the effects of schooling on individuals and society.
In The Structure Of Schooling, Richard Arum and Irenee Beattie successfully collaborate to compile a comprehensive reader in the sociology of education surveying critical topics and examples of sociological research on schools and education from both classic and contemporary scholarship. The issues surveyed include the development and application of social and cultural capital; the effects of racial segregation and resource inequality; the effects of tracking; the role of gender, class, and race in structuring educational opportunity; the effects of schooling on lifecourse outcomes; the significance of a school's institutional environment; and the sociology of school reform movements. The Structure Of Schooling is a highly recommended addition to the sociology of education reading lists and reference collections.
Educational Research and Evaluation
"The book covers both expected and unexpected topis within the field of education. Whilst addressing well-trodden areas such as "stratification" and "racial inequality," the book also veers off the "beaten track," including, for instance, papers on the "Trust in school" (Chapter 13), "The social roots of school shootings" (Chapter 38), and "Sex dating and relationships on campus" (Chapter 39). "— Amanda Simon
Educational Research and Evaluation
- Amanda Simon
"The book covers both expected and unexpected topis within the field of education. Whilst addressing well-trodden areas such as "stratification" and "racial inequality," the book also veers off the "beaten track," including, for instance, papers on the "Trust in school" (Chapter 13), "The social roots of school shootings" (Chapter 38), and "Sex dating and relationships on campus" (Chapter 39). "
Richard Arum is the program director of Educational Research at the SSRC; he is also professor of sociology and educational sociology at New York University. He received a Masters of Education in teaching and curriculum from Harvard University in 1988 and a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of California, Berkeley in 1996.
Arum's recent publications include Stratification in Higher Education: A Comparative Study (Stanford University Press, 2007), coedited with Yossi Shavit and Adam Gamoran. The Reemergence of Self-Employment: A Comparative Study of Self-Employment Dynamics and Social Inequality (Princeton University Press, 2004), coedited with Walter Mueller. Judging School Discipline: The Crisis of Moral Authority (Harvard University Press, 2003) with Irenee Beattie, Richard Pitt, Jennifer Thompson and Sandra Way. The Structure of Schooling: Readings in the Sociology of Education (McGraw Hill, 2000), coedited with Irenee Beattie.
Irenee Beattie is an Assistant Professor with the School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts at the University of California at Merced. Her research interests include Sociology of Education, Racial/Ethnic and Gender Inequality, Law and Social Policy, Adolescent Transitions to Adulthood and she is the co-editor, with Richard Arum, of The Structure of Schooling: Readings in the Sociology of Education.
PART I. Theoretical and Historical Perspectives
Status Attainment and Social Mobility
Max Weber, The “Rationalization” of Education and Training
Pitirim Sorokin, Social and Cultural Mobility
Ralph H. Turner, Sponsored and Contest Mobility and the School System
Peter M. Blau and Otis D. Duncan, The Process of Stratification
Human, Cultural, and Social Capital
Theodore W. Schultz, Investment in Human Capital
Pierre Bourdieu, Cultural Reproduction and Social Reproduction
James Coleman and Thomas Hoffer, Schools, Families, and Communities
Changing Theories of Education Systems
Emile Durkheim, The First Element of Morality: The Spirit of Discipline
Willard Waller, The School and the Community
Randall Collins, Functional and Conflict Theories of Educational Stratification
Samuel Bowles and Herbert Gintis, Beyond the Educational Frontier: The Great American Dream Freeze