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Education, Globalization, and Social Change [Paperback]

Hugh Lauder , Phillip Brown , Jo-Anne Dillabough , A. H. Halsey

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13 July 2006 0199272530 978-0199272532
Education is seen as central to economic competitiveness, the reduction of poverty and inequality, and environmental sustainability. The editors have selected key writings that examine the social and economic limits- and possibilities of-education in addressing these fundamental problems. This new reader establishes the field of sociology of education with a particular focus on papers that analyse the nature and extent of globalization in education. A general introduction presents the key concepts in the sociology of education, and outlines the major theories and debates, especially in relation to globalization. Each section is accompanied by a part opener explaining and contextualizing the readings within a larger educational and sociological context.

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Phil Brown was brought up in a small town near Oxford, England. He left school with little to show for twelve years of education before starting working life as a craft apprentice at the British Leyland car factory in Cowley, Oxford. The boredom of factory life drove him to take-up evening classes where he was first introduced to Sociology. This sparked a passion for the social sciences that remains as strong to this day but with a growing sense of urgency as we seem unprepared for the economic and social world Western countries have now entered. This concern is captured in many of his publications but especially The Global Auction: The Broken Promises of Education, Jobs and Incomes.

Before becoming a Distinguished Research Professor in the School of Social Sciences at Cardiff University, he worked at the University of Cambridge and University of Kent at Canterbury. He has also been a Visiting Professor at UBC in Vancouver and Science Po in Paris. He is currently conducting further research on globalisation and the future of work in seven countries including China, India and the United States.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book for Those Wanting to Understand the Field of Education 12 April 2012
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This is an excellent book that provides real insight into key areas of education. What I particularly liked is that important texts representing the most significant educational theories are included, so one can see for oneself how the authors presented their ideas. Yet the next several articles after each of these "key" texts may be by scholars who dispute these very same theories. At a minimum there is discussion and new ideas are shared which build upon what others have said. Consequently, it is a great source for finding multiple sources which inform the reader and allow him or her to see an area from multiple perspectives. It is an extensive book which covers really every area important to the field of education, at all levels of education. I think that anyone studying the field of education will find this book to be very useful.
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