Sociology of education: a critical history and prospects for the future

Hugh Lauder, Philip Brown, A H Halsey

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This paper examines the sociology of education from the perspective of its recent history and attempts to assess the current state of the field. The authors argue that cognate disciplines such as economics and social policy have taken over some of the key questions that were once the preserve of sociology of education. This raises the question of what is lost if the sociology of education is no longer making a significant contribution, in key areas, to the major educational, social and economic issues of the day.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)569-585
Number of pages17
JournalOxford Review of Education
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2009


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