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Inequality Across Societies : Families, Schools and Persisting Stratification - Bruce Fuller

Inequality Across Societies

Families, Schools and Persisting Stratification

By: Bruce Fuller (Editor), Emily Hannum (Editor), David Baker (Editor), Regina E. Werum (Editor)

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Published: 17th December 2003
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Most societies place great faith in the modern school's power to offer children a more prosperous future, from better jobs to wider social opportunities. In turn, political leaders around the world push to expand western forms of schooling, creating more slots for children, from preschool through university levels. Yet despite this remarkable institutional change, are societies becoming equitable, especially for those groups living on the margins of civil society? Why, in too many cases, has schooling failed to deliver on its promise of reducing economic and social disparities?
This volume addresses these questions, taking the reader into a variety of nations and cultural settings. With studies from Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia, the volume illuminates how schools can reduce or reinforce the layered stratification of society, even in nations with non-western traditions. The contributors, diverse in their own origins and viewpoints, advance our understanding of stratification by highlighting how a nation's history, particular institutions, and cultural context shape the school's efficiency as an agent of equity. The chapters move beyond individual conceptions of attainment and distinguish near-universal versus country-specific mechanisms that characterize the interplay between school expansion and inequality.
- Shows how schools can reduce or reinforce the layered stratification of society, even in nations with non-western traditions

Introduction - inequality across societies: families, schools, and persisting stratification
Grandmothers, child care, and educational advantage in China
Educational expansion and inequality in Korea
Educational opportunities for boys and girls in Thailand
Pursuing quality: migration among college students in Japan
Commentary: educational stratification in Asia: emerging issues, new insights
Egalitarianism versus social reproduction: changes in educational stratification in Eastern Europe
Parents, partners, and credentials: mobility in the United States and Germany
Heating up the aspirations of Israeli Arab youth
Evolving educational pathways in West Africa
Women in higher education: understanding cross-national differences
Commentary: inequality and schooling as an institution: future directions in comparative research
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ISBN: 9780762310616
ISBN-10: 0762310618
Series: Research in Sociology of Education : Book 14
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 296
Published: 17th December 2003
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.22 x 15.95  x 2.82
Weight (kg): 0.59