CERD Doctoral Seminar Series
The ‘New Sociology of Education’
20/11, 14:00–16:00, BL2101
Please prepare for the seminar by engaging with the common texts and any others that interest you, reflecting on them and the following questions in relation to your research. If you have other readings that you have found useful for thinking about issues of power in your own research and that will diversify our perspectives, please send references so that we can recommend them to the group.
Questions to consider
What made British theorising of education during the 1970s ‘new’, and what impacts did the ‘new sociology of education’ have on the way people understand knowledge, learning and formal education in the United States and United Kingdom? In other countries? What types of theorising emerged from the development and the critique of this tradition? What characterises the ‘newest’ sociologies of education, and why?
Karabel, J. and Halsey, A. (1976) ‘The new sociology of education’, Theory and Society, 3(4): 529–552.
Choose and read one of the following
All of these readings are available from the Library (book holdings). Selected chapters are available upon request.
Apple, M. (1979) ‘On analyzing hegemony’ (Ch. 1) and ‘Ideology and economic reproduction’ (Ch. 2) in Ideology and Curriculum, London: Routledge and Kegan Paul.
Apple, M. (ed.) (1982) Cultural and Economic Reproduction in Education: Essays on Class, Ideology and the State, London: Routledge and Kegan Paul.
Bourdieu, P. and Passeron, J. C. (1970/1990) ‘Foundations of a theory of symbolic violence’ (Book 1) and either ‘Cultural capital and pedagogic communication’ (Chapter 1) or ‘The literate tradition and social conservation’ (Chapter 2) in Reproduction in Education, Society and Culture, London: Sage.
Giroux, H. (1979) ‘Towards a new sociology of curriculum’, Educational Leadership, December, online at http://www.ascd.org/ascd/pdf/journals/ed_lead/el_197912_giroux.pdf.
Giroux, H. (1983) Theory and Resistance in Education: A Pedagogy from the Opposition,
Young, M. (1988) The Curriculum of the Future: From the “New Sociology of Education” to a Critical Theory of Learning, London: Falmer Press.
Additional reading (optional)
Most of these readings are available from the Library (book holdings and online journals).
Acker, S. (1981) ‘No-woman’s land: British sociology of education, 1960–1971’, The Sociological Review, 29(1): 77–104.
Anderson, G. (1989) ‘Critical ethnography in education: origins, current status and new directions’, Review of Educational Research, online at http://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/ED307285.pdf.
Apple, M. (1978) ‘The new sociology of education: analyzing cultural and economic reproduction’, Harvard Educational Review, 48(4).
Apple, M. (1995) Education and Power, NY: Routledge.
Apple, M. (1996) Cultural Politics and Education, Buckingham: Open University Press.
Apple. M. (1996) ‘Power, meaning and identity: critical sociology of education in the United States’, British Journal of Sociology of Education, 17(2): 125-144.
Apple, M. (2012) Can Education Change Society? NY: Routledge.
Arnot, M. (1982/2013) ‘Male hegemony, social class, and women’s education’ in B. Thayer-Baker, et al. (eds) Education Feminism, NY: Routledge.
Bates, R. J. (1980) ‘New developments in the new sociology of education’, British Journal of Sociology of Education, 1(1): 67-79.
Davies, S. (1995) ‘Leaps of faith: shifting currents in critical sociology of education’, American Journal of Sociology, 100(6): 1448-1478.
Education Group II, Department of Cultural Studies, University of Birmingham (ed.) (1991) Education Limited: Schooling, Training and the New Right in England since 1979, London: Unwin Hyman.
Englund, T. (2006) ‘New trends in Swedish educational research’, Scandanavian Journal of Educational Research, 50(4): 383–396, online at http://www.diva-portal.org/smash/get/diva2:159961/FULLTEXT01.pdf.
Giroux, H. (1983) ‘Giroux (1983) Theories_of_Reproduction_and_Resistance_in_the_New_Sociology_of_Education’, Harvard Educational Review.
Giroux, H. (1985) ‘The New Sociology of Education and the language of critique’ in P. Freire, The Politics of Education: Culture, Power and Liberation, CT: Greenwood Publishing.
Gottesman, I. (2012) ‘From Gouldner to Gramsci: the making of Michael Apple’s Ideology and Curriculum’, Curriculum Inquiry, 42(5): 571–596.
Lawrence, S. (1978) ‘The “New” sociology of education and the study of learning environments: prospects and problems’, Acta Sociologica, 21(1): 47–63.
Luke, A. (2010) ‘Documenting reproduction and inequality: revisiting Jean Anyon’s “Social class and school knowledge”’, Curriculum Inquiry, 40(1): 167–182, online at http://eprints.qut.edu.au/27366/3/27366a.pdf.
Rifà, M. and Hernàndez, F. (1997) ‘Exploring the relationship between knowledge and power in the Spanish national curriculum for visual arts’, Journal of Art and Design Education, 16(3): 273-279.
Weis, L., McCarthy, C., Dimitriadis, G. (2006) Ideology, Curriculum and the New Sociology of Education: Revisiting the Work of Michael Apple, NY: Taylor and Francis.
Wexler, P. (1990) Social Analysis of Education: After the New Sociology, NY: Routledge.
Whitty, G. (2010) ‘Revisiting School Knowledge: some sociological perspectives on new school curricula’, European Journal of Education, 45(1): 28–45.
Yamamoto, O. and Neto, A. C. (1999) ‘Sociology of education and Marxism in Brazil’, Sociological Research Online, 4(1), online at http://www.socresonline.org.uk/4/1/yamamoto.html.
Young, M. (ed.) (1971) Knowledge and Control: New Directions for the Sociology of Education, Durham: British Sociological Association.
Young, M. (2014) ‘A curriculum for the future?’ Institute of Education, online at
For more information about this or other doctoral seminars, contact Dr. Sarah Amsler (email@example.com) or drop by Bridge House 0208b.