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Knowledge, Policy and Practice in Education and the Struggle for Social Justice

Essays Inspired by the Work of Geoff Whitty

For 50 years, educator and sociologist Geoff Whitty resolutely pursued social justice through education, first as a classroom teacher and ultimately as the Director of the Institute of Education in London. The essays in this volume - written by some of the most influential authors in the sociology of education and critical policy studies - take Whitty’s work as the starting point from which to examine key contemporary issues in education and the challenges to social justice that they present. Set within three themes of knowledge, policy, and practice in education, the chapters tackle the issues of defining and accessing ‘legitimate’ knowledge, the changing nature of education policy under neoliberalism and globalization, and the reshaping of teacher workplaces and professionalism – as well as attempts to realize more emancipatory practice. The essays open windows on life in the sociology of education, the scholarly community of which it was part, and the facets of education policy, practice, and research that they continue to reveal and challenge in pursuit of social justice.

300 pages | 2 halftones | 9 1/4 x 6 1/4

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Table of Contents

Figures and tables, Acknowledgements, Acronyms, Preface, Contributors INTRODUCTION KNOWLEDGE 1.Social mobilizations and official knowledge – MICHAEL W. APPLE 2.Sex, sexuality and HIV: ’Education’, in the broadest sense of the word – PETER AGGLETON 3.Education for inclusion or exclusion: Representation of ethnic minorities in Chinese mainstream history textbooks – YAN FEI 4.Social theory, biological sciences and the sociology of knowledge in education – DEBORAH YOUDELL and MARTIN R. LINDLEY 5.Geoff Whitty: Student, friend and colleague; some personal reflections – MICHAEL YOUNG POLICY 6.The neoliberalization of the state, the processes of ‘fragmentation’ and the research implications of the new political terrain of English schooling – STEPHEN J. BALL and RICHARD BOWE 7.The White bones of policy: Structure, agency and a vulture’s-eye view with critical race theory – DAVID GILLBORN 8.From bastion of class privilege to public benefactor: The remarkable repositioning of private schools – TONY EDWARDS and SALLY POWER 9.Pursuing racial justice within higher education: Is conflict inevitable? – NICOLA ROLLOCK 10.The policy sociology of Geoff Whitty: Current and emergent issues regarding education research in use – BOB LINGARD 11.Revolutions in educational policy: The vexed question of evidence and policy development – HUGH LAUDER PRACTICE 12.Why isn’t this empowering? The discursive positioning of teachers in efforts to improve teaching – JENNIFER GORE 13.Can teachers still be teachers? The near impossibility of humanity in the transactional workplace – SHARON GEWIRTZ and ALAN CRIBB 14.Contestation, contradiction and collaboration in equity and widening participation: in conversation with Geoff Whitty – PENNY JANE BURKE 15.Quality, impact and knowledge traditions in the study of education – JOHN FURLONG GEOFF WHITTY: A BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE Index

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