Education and Social Welfare: Beyond the Rhetoric on Equality of Opportunity

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This paper interrogates the rhetoric on equality of educational opportunity that overlays the practice of selection which characterises social provision in countries around the world. The paper discusses questions of social class and inequality that are bound-up with the issue of selection. Evidence of political convergence on education policy is discussed alongside arguments for more radical proposals.


Keywords: Education, Rhetoric, Segregation, Inequality, Welfare Policy, Politics
Stream: Education and Social Welfare
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
Paper: Education and Social Welfare


Dr. Jack Demaine

Programme Director, Department of Social Sciences, Loughborough University
Loughborough, UK

Jack Demaine is Programme Director and Senior Lecturer in the Department of Social Sciences at Loughborough University, England. His publications include Contemporary Theories in the Sociology of Education (1981), Beyond Communitarianism: Citizenship, Politics and Education (1996)(with Harold Entwistle), Sociology of Education Today (2001) Education Policy and Contemporary Politics (2002), and Citizenship and Political Education Today (2004). He is an executive editor of International Studies in Sociology of Education.

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