Leaders in the Sociology of Education: Intellectual Self-Portraits

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Alan R. Sadovnik, Ryan W. Coughlan
Springer, Oct 26, 2016 - Education - 300 pages
Leaders in the Sociology of Education: Intellectual Self-Portraits contains eighteen self-portraits written by some of the leading sociologists of education in the world. Representing the United States, the United Kingdom, and Hong Kong, the authors discuss a variety of factors that have affected their lifetime of scholarship, including their childhoods, their education and mentors, the state of the field during their “coming of age,” the institutions where they have worked, the major sociologists during their lifetimes, the political and economic conditions during their lifetimes, and the social and political movements during their lifetimes. These autobiographical essays reveal a great deal not only about their work and their influences, but also about themselves. Taken as a whole, the book provides sociology of knowledge about the creation of sociology of education research since the 1960s. It reveals a number of important themes central to all of the authors’ work, including educational inequality; the influence of the classical sociological theorists, Karl Marx, Max Weber and Emile Durkheim; and the influence of more recent classical sociologists of education, Basil Bernstein, Pierre Bourdieu and James Coleman. The authors’ research represents a variety of theoretical and methodological orientations including functionalism, conflict and critical theory, interactionist theory and feminist theory, as well as quantitative, qualitative and mixed-methods research. Finally, the editors discuss a number of lessons to be learned from the lives and works of these sociologists of education.
 

Contents

Lessons Learned
1
The Making of a Neoliberal Academic Subject
13
3 INTELLECTUAL SELFPORTRAIT
28
An Intellectual SelfPortrait
37
Or Can a Woman Be an Intellectual?
57
Finding School Family and Community Partnerships
68
7 STRIVING TOWARDS THE BIG QUESTIONS
87
8 THE SOCIOLOGY OF A LIFE
101
11 POWER PURPOSE AND THE RISE OF THE REST
152
12 EDUCATION GENDER AND DEVELOPMENT
171
13 DISCOVERING UNSEEN SOCIAL CONTEXTS AND POTENTIAL LEVERS FOR SOCIAL CHANGE
185
Honoring My Mother through Applied Scholarship and Building Academic Programs
201
15 BEGINNING A JOURNEY AND CHOOSING A PATH
217
16 THE MAKING OF A POLITICAL SOCIOLOGIST OF EDUCATION
230
17 READING AND PRODUCING RESEARCH ACROSS BOUNDARIES THAT SO OFTEN DIVIDE
253
18 CRITICAL THEORY AND EDUCATION
275

My Journey into Design Research and Public Sociology
115
How My Life in Schools Became My Research
131
19 MY LIFE WITH THE SOCIOLOGY OF EDUCATION
287
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