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Reproduction in Education, Society and Culture (Published in association with Theory, Culture & Society) [Paperback]

Pierre Bourdieu , Jean Claude Passeron
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8 Aug 1990 0803983204 978-0803983205 Second Edition
The way in which the ruling ideas of a social system are related to structures of class, production and power, and how these are legitimated and perpetuated, is fundamental to the sociological project.

In this second edition of this classic text, which includes a new introduction by Pierre Bourdieu, the authors develop an analysis of education (in its broadest sense, encompassing more than the process of formal education). They show how education carries an essentially arbitrary cultural scheme which is actually, though not in appearance, based on power. More widely, the reproduction of culture through education is shown to play a key part in the reproduction of the whole social system.

The analysis is carried through not only in theoretical terms but through the development of empirically testable propositions within the wider framework of the historical transformation of the educational system.

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd; Second Edition edition (8 Aug 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803983204
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803983205
  • Product Dimensions: 22 x 14 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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`Reveals new features in the analysis of social classes and political power. Arising probably from the intense interest in cultural dominance and cultural revolution that emerged in radical movements... these investigations connect cultural phenomena firmly within the structural characteristics of a society, and begin to show how a culture produced by this structure in turn helps to maintain it' - Tom Bottomore

`The most striking successes of their work are their redefinitions of the very character of educational research... There is an especially brilliant discussion of the relations between a traditional literary culture and selection for arts courses' - Raymond Williams

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4.0 out of 5 stars Very appreciated 23 Jan 2013
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5.0 out of 5 stars A classic way to frame an issue we grapple with today 15 May 2013
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The authors, especially Pierre Bourdieu, address issues that were relevant probably as long the history of public schooling. Apparently, it's next to impossible to deliver public education without also perpetuating the status quo. That sounds Marxist but there's something in this book for everybody.

What we face now is a long-term education reform movement to achieve student growth in large part through accountability. On the surface it seems fine yet socio-economic factors are non-random.

Another way of looking at the problem of school reform is that we're still stuck with industrial-era public schools. Those schools were designed to efficiently produce in scale the kinds of people needed for factory work and clerical work (for the most part - there are exceptions but those exceptions tend to have a lot to do with socio-economic status).

Now we apparently need a different type(s) of worker(s). Yet again though, despite attempts to the contrary we're likely to reproduce the status quo in the sense that Boudieu conveys. For this reason I think the book continues to be relevant.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great for Research 18 Jan 2013
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I bought this book for research purposes. I found Bourdieu's theory to be quite relevant to the social issues we are facing in American society today. If you are researching the family as a social system from a more sociological perspective, this book will be a great addition to your knowledge base.
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