Policy Press

A Political Sociology of Education Policy

By Helen Gunter

Published

May 1, 2024

Page count

216 pages

ISBN

978-1447363347

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Policy Press

Published

Jan 13, 2023

Page count

216 pages

ISBN

978-1447363330

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Policy Press

Published

Jan 13, 2023

Page count

216 pages

ISBN

978-1447363354

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Policy Press

Published

Jan 13, 2023

Page count

216 pages

ISBN

978-1447363354

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Policy Press
A Political Sociology of Education Policy

Critical education policy research has a long tradition of political sociology. Drawing on data and analysis from the Education Policy Knowledgeable Polity (EPKP) project, supported by funders such as the British Academy and the Economic and Social Research Council, this book presents a new political sociology for framing, conducting and presenting critical education policy research.

In doing so, it will be the first in the field to interconnect political thinking from Arendt with sociological thinking from Bourdieu, producing innovative analysis for and about educational reform.

“A highly original take on educational segregation and the need for a political sociology that is up to the job of adequately grasping its nature, while also identifying opportunities for change. An innovative and important book.” David James, Cardiff University

Helen M. Gunter is Professor Emerita at the University of Manchester. She has a global reputation for excellence in education policy research and acclaim for Arendtian and Bourdieusian scholarship.

1. Introduction: Education reform claimocracy

Part 1: A political sociology of education policy

2. Modernising education

3. Governing by knowledge production

4. Policy mortality

Part 2: A political sociology of education policy in action

5. Vantage points

6. Viewpoints

7. Regimes of practice

8. Exchange relationships

9. Critical education policy studies

10. Conclusion: Intellectual activism