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Youdell, Deborah; Lindley, Martin; Shapiro, Kimron; Sun, Yu; Leng, Yue – British Journal of Sociology of Education, 2020
In this paper we begin to explore how knowledges being generated in bioscience might be brought into productive articulation with the Sociology of Education, considering the potential for emerging transdisciplinary, 'biosocial' approaches to enable new ways of researching and understanding pressing educational issues. In this paper, as in our…
Descriptors: Interdisciplinary Approach, Neurosciences, Diagnostic Tests, Brain Hemisphere Functions
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Reay, Diane – British Journal of Sociology of Education, 2020
This paper attempts to work on a number of different levels. Firstly, it comprises my personal reflections on a career in sociology of education. These reflections are entwined with a history of the discipline that emphasises themes of power, politics and pragmatism. This subjective, and inevitably partial, account is combined with an examination…
Descriptors: Educational Sociology, Politics of Education, Educational History, Power Structure
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Delamont, Sara – British Journal of Sociology of Education, 2020
The author reflects on continuities and changes in the subdiscipline, using Mary Douglas and Basil Bernstein. In 2000 the millennial issue of "Sociology," the generic journal of the British Sociological Association, included a paper about the sociology of education called 'The anomalous beasts: Hooligans and the sociology of education'.…
Descriptors: Educational Sociology, Foreign Countries, State of the Art Reviews, Educational Research
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Gewirtz, Sharon; Cribb, Alan – British Journal of Sociology of Education, 2020
In this paper, we consider the intensifying pressures on critical research and academic integrity in a research policy context that has come to be increasingly dominated by an instrumentalist mind-set. Using sensitising resources drawn from Geoff Whitty's critique of the 'what works' agenda, we reflect on the current conditions of academic labour…
Descriptors: Integrity, Policy Analysis, Criticism, College Faculty
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Sellar, Sam; Cole, David R. – British Journal of Sociology of Education, 2017
Accelerationism is a theoretical movement that seeks to mobilise reason and technological development as a strategy for moving beyond capitalism. The first wave of accelerationism took the effects of capitalism at their most pernicious and suggested that they have not gone far enough. More recent work has complicated this project and explored…
Descriptors: Educational Sociology, Time, Social Systems, Criticism
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Green, Elizabeth – British Journal of Sociology of Education, 2012
This paper asserts that the religious assumptions of Christian academies need to be fully examined in relation to any analysis of their cultural practices, impact or policy implications. It proposes that Bourdieu's concepts of habitus, cultural capital and symbolic power can be broadened out from their traditional use in accounting for social…
Descriptors: Educational Sociology, Religion, Religious Factors, Social Theories
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Mac an Ghaill, Mairtin; Haywood, Chris – British Journal of Sociology of Education, 2011
The retreat from social class within the sociology of education has been accompanied by the intensification of socio-economic and cultural inequalities. This paper seeks to draw upon cultural analyses of social class by addressing a classificatory shift of white English working-class males, who have moved from an ascribed primary "socio-economic"…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, State Schools, Social Class, Educational Sociology
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Rexhepi, Jevdet; Torres, Carlos Alberto – British Journal of Sociology of Education, 2011
This paper discusses Critical Theory, a model of theorizing in the field of the political sociology of education. We argue for a "reimagined" Critical Theory to herald an empowering, liberatory education that fosters curiosity and critical thinking, and a means for successful bottom-up, top-down political engagement. We present arguments…
Descriptors: Critical Theory, Educational Sociology, Role of Education, Teaching Methods
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Macknight, Vicki – British Journal of Sociology of Education, 2011
This paper is written to draw attention to the ideal knower and the logic of knowledge embedded in curricula. New logics and new knowers, I argue, are conjured with the hope they will be capable of succeeding in curriculum designers' imagined future. I frame this discussion in terms of debates about the place of knowledge in the sociology of…
Descriptors: Educational Sociology, Logical Thinking, Primary Education, Foreign Countries
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Lynch, Kathleen – British Journal of Sociology of Education, 2010
Len Barton is acutely aware of the power of the academy to either enhance critical thinking or to depress it. He is a true academic, never accepting the received wisdom or perspective of any given sociological standpoint, no matter how powerful or fashionable it was at the time. He has encouraged and promoted a unique blend of professional and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Social Justice, Ideology
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Daniels, Harry – British Journal of Sociology of Education, 2010
This paper is concerned with the way we understand and investigate the relationship between human functioning and social setting. The central argument draws on the work of Bernstein and Vygotsky. A novel approach to the study of the mutual shaping of human action and institutional settings is developed and an empirical example of its application…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Child Welfare, Organizational Development, Professional Development
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Strathdee, Rob – British Journal of Sociology of Education, 2009
The present paper raises questions about the use of the concept of reputation in sociological studies of the relationship between higher education and the labour market. Sociologists of education have yet to subject the concept of reputation to sustained critique and evaluation. This situation is unsatisfactory because a number of critical…
Descriptors: Reputation, Educational Sociology, Higher Education, Concept Formation
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Takayama, Keita; Apple, Michael W. – British Journal of Sociology of Education, 2008
In the recent debate over education reform, Japanese conservative politicians and intellectuals have selectively appropriated a particular crisis-and-success narrative of British education reform to de-territorialize contentious policy changes. They assert that Britain achieved successful education reform by transforming the very same teaching…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Educational Change, Foreign Countries, Politics of Education
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Pollard, Andrew; Filer, Ann – British Journal of Sociology of Education, 2007
This paper reports on the social factors influencing the learning of two cohorts of school students and their experience of compulsory secondary education in a city in southern England - the secondary schooling phase of a 12-year, longitudinal ethnographic study that also tracked the same children's experiences through primary schooling. We embed…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Objectives, Young Adults, Secondary Education
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Tormey, Roland – British Journal of Sociology of Education, 2006
Much recent sociological work on education makes reference to gender, sexual, ethnic, local and political "project" identities, yet there remains a need to bring the nation, and the state, back in; to also question the way in which "national" identities are constructed in a context of globalisation and localisation. Through an…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Elementary Education, Global Approach, Nationalism
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