A Relational Approach to Educational Inequality

Theoretical Reflections and Empirical Analysis of a Primary Education School in Istanbul

  • R. Nazli Somel

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-IX
  2. R. Nazli Somel
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  3. R. Nazli Somel
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  4. R. Nazli Somel
    Pages 253-271
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 273-288

About this book


In her research R. Nazlı Somel focuses on the topic of educational inequality, both from a theoretical perspective and through an empirical analysis. After a review of prominent approaches to educational inequality and their criticism, she offers a novel strategy to study the issue based on Relational Sociology and using the relational approaches of Charles Tilly and Pierre Bourdieu. Three relational characteristics of educational inequality are identified that are its relativity, cumulativeness, and being an organized practice. The author then applies this relational perspective to an in-depth study on an Istanbul primary school, analyses students, teachers and school organization in relation to each other and to Turkish education system and society.
• Educational Inequality and the Single-School Study 
• Major Dimensions of Educational Inequality in Turkey
• Conceptualizing Educational Inequality: A Relational Approach
• A Typology of Student Milieus
• Common Teacher Practices
• The School Organization and its Educational Inequality Mechanisms

Target Groups
• Scholars and students of sociology and sociology of education
• Teachers, education activists, as well as education policy authorities

The Author
Dr. R. Nazlı Somel completed her dissertation thesis at humanities and social sciences faculty at Helmut Schmidt University Hamburg in 2019. Her research focus is on educational inequality, education and social change, history and politics of modern education.


Educational Inequality Relational Sociology Charles Tilly Pierre Bourdieu School Organization The Turkish Education System

Authors and affiliations

  • R. Nazli Somel
    • 1
  1. 1.AnkaraTurkey

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden GmbH, part of Springer Nature 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer VS, Wiesbaden
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-658-26614-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-658-26615-8
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