Publication date:16 April 2007
Length of book:192 pages
PublisherRowman & Littlefield Publishers
Critique and utopia are two of the central concepts of the sociology of education, and they indeed exemplify the critical traditions in the sociology of education as a discipline. This book analyzes, using theoretical frameworks and empirical data, the state of the art of the sociology of education at the beginning of the century, offering a systematic criticism of the dominant theories, and findings in the sociology of education. Key chapters focus on theoreticians who have made an impact in the discipline, including Basil Bernstein, Pierre Bourdieu, Paulo Freire. Yet, there is much more than theoretical analysis in this book. It also offers insights for policy and practice in diverse areas of education, including the formal, nonformal, and informal modalities of educational praxis.
This book provides a significant contribution to the sociology of education. Bringing together current academic debates in Europe and the Americas, the volume connects theoretical debates with empirical data, and a critical analysis of our existing social reality with a language of possibility and transformation. Critique and Utopia: New Developments in the Sociology of Education in the Twenty First Century is an important reading for all those interested in the role that education plays - and could play - in the struggles for democracy in the current context of neoliberal globalization and beyond.