Education policy has a long tradition of political sociology, but the dominant trend continues to be sociological.
Drawing on data and analysis from the Education Policy Knowledgeable Polity (EPKP) project, supported by funders such as the British Academy and Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), this book aims to restore the role of political analysis by presenting a new political sociology for framing, conducting and presenting education policy research.
In doing so, it will be the first in the field to connect political thinking from Arendt with sociological thinking from Bourdieu, producing innovative analysis for and about educational reform.
Helen Gunter is Professor Emerita at the University of Manchester. She has a global reputation for excellence in education policy research and acclaim for Arendtian and Bourdieusian scholarship.
1. Introduction: Education reform claimocracy
Part 1: A political sociology of education policy
2. Modernising education
3. Governing by knowledge production
4. Policy mortality
Part 2: A political sociology of education in action
5. Vantage points
7. Regimes of practice
8. Exchange relationships
9. Critical education policy studies
10. Conclusion: Intellectual activism