Power, Relationships, and Trust in Sociological Research on Homes, Schools, and Communities

  • Erin McNamara HorvatEmail author
  • Karen Pezzetti
Part of the Handbooks of Sociology and Social Research book series (HSSR)


This chapter offers a critical perspective on sociological research exploring the interactions among students’ homes, schools and communities. We conceptualize each of these spaces as a unique context that influences students and, as such, must be attended to both on its own terms but also especially where each context meets, conflicts with, or exerts power over the others. We highlight three major areas of promising research in this field: first, research that attends to the tensions inherent to the struggle for power among and between these contexts; second, research that explores the foundations and practice of creating equal, communicative relationships between stakeholders from each context; and third, research that can account for the presence, absence, or impact of trust in these relationships.


Home–school relationship Parent involvement Social capital Community engagement 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Drexel UniversityPhiladelphiaUSA
  2. 2.Grand Valley State UniversityAllendaleUSA

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