Policy and Inequality in Education

  • Stephen Parker
  • Kalervo N. Gulson
  • Trevor Gale

Part of the Education Policy & Social Inequality book series (EPSI, volume 1)

About this book


This book is an edited collection introducing the Education Policy and Social Inequality series, and presents chapters from authors on the editorial board. It investigates relations between educational policy and social inequality, not simply in terms of policy solutions for inequalities but also how education policy frames, creates and at times exacerbates social inequalities. It adopts a critical stance, encompassing innovative and interdisciplinary theoretical and conceptual studies – drawing on e.g. sociology, cultural studies, social and cultural geography, and history – as well as original empirical work that examines a range of educational contexts, including early years education, vocational and further education, informal education, K-12 schooling and higher education. The book argues that critique and policy studies can have a transformative function, positing new dimensions for understanding the role of education policy in connection with recurrent social problems and seeking the amelioration of social inequality in ways that challenge the possibility of equity in the liberal democratic state, as well as in other forms of governance and government.


Education Policy Social Inequality cultural studies in education policy solutions for inequalities social geography sociology of education

Editors and affiliations

  • Stephen Parker
    • 1
  • Kalervo N. Gulson
    • 2
  • Trevor Gale
    • 3
  1. 1.School of EducationUniversity of GlasgowGlasgowUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.School of EducationUniversity of New South WalesSydneyAustralia
  3. 3.School of EducationUniversity of GlasgowGlasgowUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-981-10-4037-5
  • Online ISBN 978-981-10-4039-9
  • Series Print ISSN 2520-1476
  • Series Online ISSN 2520-1484
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