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From the Publisher"The authors are to be commended for their densely nuancedexploration of complex debates about values, reflexivity and ethicsin sociological knowledge and for their use of local, national,global and interdisciplinary examples of educational practices,processes and instances."
"Provides a thorough, cohesive and incisive account of the ways inwhich a value based approch to education has much to offer. Theclarity of the arguments make it a good text to use with studentswhilst also providing an engaging resource for those who have abackground in education but may not have considered their field inthis light."
"This book is about how the sociology of education works as anintellectual practice. It offers new and important insights intothe complex and often troubled relations between sociology andeducation."
Stephen Ball, Institute of Education, University ofLondon
"With extraordinary clarity, Gewirtz and Cribb map thecomplexity of theories and perspectives in the sociology ofeducation and interweave a discussion of the centrality of itspolitical and ethical dimensions. They build a compelling, nuanced– and much needed – case for a rigorous politicallycommitted educational sociology."
Pauline Lipman, University of Illinois atChicago
"This important book charts the field of sociology of education,with innovative attention to the issue of values within this bodyof work. The analysis both celebrates and interrogates thenormative dimension of sociologists' work in education, and indoing so provides a lively engagement with the field that willstimulate students and experts alike."
Becky Francis, Roehampton University