Leaders in the Sociology of Education

Intellectual Self-Portraits

  • Alan R. Sadovnik
  • Ryan W. Coughlan

Part of the Leaders in Educational Studies book series (LES)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Alan R. Sadovnik, Ryan W. Coughlan
    Pages 1-11
  3. Stephen J. Ball
    Pages 13-27
  4. Jomills Henry Braddock II
    Pages 29-36
  5. Sara Delamont
    Pages 57-67
  6. Joyce L. Epstein
    Pages 69-85
  7. Adam Gamoran
    Pages 87-100
  8. A. H. Halsey
    Pages 101-114
  9. Hugh Mehan
    Pages 115-130
  10. Roslyn Arlin Mickelson
    Pages 131-151
  11. Gerard A. Postiglione
    Pages 153-170
  12. Francisco O. Ramirez
    Pages 171-184
  13. Alan R. Sadovnik
    Pages 201-216
  14. Barbara Schneider
    Pages 217-229
  15. Carlos Alberto Torres
    Pages 231-252
  16. Philip Wexler
    Pages 275-285
  17. Geoff Whitty
    Pages 287-300

About this book


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.


Sociology of Education Intellectual Self-Portraits Sociological Theory Educational Inequality Educational Inequality

Editors and affiliations

  • Alan R. Sadovnik
    • 1
  • Ryan W. Coughlan
    • 2
  1. 1.Rutgers University-NewarkUSA
  2. 2.Guttman Community CollegeCity University of New YorkUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information SensePublishers-Rotterdam, The Netherlands 2016
  • Publisher Name SensePublishers, Rotterdam
  • eBook Packages Education
  • Online ISBN 978-94-6300-717-7
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