The twentieth century has been marked by the expansion of educational opportunities worldwide. It has been the century of education, and the role of the state in the promotion of public education has been decisive. Yet, at the millennium's turn efforts to diminish the role of the state are rapidly changing education, especially in terms of its role in democracy. This comprehensive handbook offers a fresh view of the social context of education, outlining the challenges as well as the advances in public and private education systems. The book offers a systematic account of current social theory and methodologies, applied perspectives on the development of education in many regions of the world, and compares key themes such as access, school choice, equity, and educational performance.
Carlos Alberto Torres is professor of social sciences and comparative education and is director of the Latin American Center at UCLA. Ari Antikainen is professor of sociology and education at the University of Joensuu.
1 Handbook of Sociology of Education: International PerspectivesIntroduction 2 PART I SOCIAL THEORY AND METHODOLOGY 3 Sociological Theory of Education in the Dialectical Perspective 4 Explorations in the System-Theoretical Study of Education 5 Social Capital in Education: Theoretical Issues and Empirical Knowledge in Attainment Research 6 Critical Ethnography and the Sociology of Education 7 Sociocultural Approaches to Cognition: Implications for the Sociology of Education 8 Decisive Moments and Key Experiences: Expanding Paradigmatic boundaries in the study of school effects 9 Biography, Life Course and the Sociology of Education 10 Leading the Way: The Development of Quantitative Techniques in the Sociology of Education) 11 PART II SOCIOLOGY OF EDUCATION IN INTERNATIONAL CONTEXTS: REGIONAL FOCUS 12 Educational Policy and New Ways of Governance in a Transnational Period 13 Constructing the Sociology of Education as a Unique Discipline: The cases of Mainland China and Taiwan Jason Chang (University of Taipei, Taiwan/China) and Zhang Renjie (Guangzhou University) 14 Education in Transition Society: Growing Inequality 15 Sociology of Education in Latin America 16 Institutionalised Legitimate Informational Capital in the Welfare State. Has Policy Failed? 17 PART III CRITICAL ISSUES IN SOCIOLOGY OF EDUCATION 18 Making Sense of Education Reform: Global and National Influences 19 Civil Society as Equilibrium Governance and Choice in Education: Between Private Delivery and Central Regulation 20 Women and Education in Europe 21 The North and South Contrasted: Cultural Similarities and Differences in Affective Education Yaacov J. Katz, Alkistis Kontoyianni, Peter Lang, Isabel Menezes, Sean Neill, Arja Puurula, Shlomo Romi, Lisa Vasileiou, and Lennart Vriens (Bar Ilan University, 22 Citizens in the Text? International Presentations of Citizenship in School Textbooks