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Education policy and social class: the selected works of Stephen J. Ball

Education policy and social class: the selected works of Stephen J. Ball

Ball, Stephen J

Bringing together twenty years of research and writing, this book provides an overview of Stephen Ball's career and shows not only the development of his most important ideas but also the long-lasting contributions he has made to the field of educational policy analysis. This volume contains sixteen key essays divided into three sections: perspectives on policy research policy technologies and policy analysis social class and education policy. Each chapter presents innovative ways of thinking about public policy, asking probing questions about what policy is, how policy is influenced and what effects intentional and unintentional policies have. As a body of work, this collection raises issues of ethics and social justice which are often neglected in the mass of policies that now affect every aspect of our education systems

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Published London; New York: Routledge, 2006
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Statement of responsibility: Stephen J. Ball
ISBN: 0203015177, 9780203015179, 9780415363976
Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. [278]-286) and index.
Physical Description: ix, 290 p.
Series: World library of educationalists series
Subject: Equal education; Education and state Great Britain.; Educational equalization Great Britain.; Educational sociology Great Britain.; Educational sociology; Social classes; Social classes Great Britain.; Great Britain
Reproduction: Electronic reproduction. Dawson Books. Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Series Title: World library of educationalists series.
Other formats: Also available in printed form.


  1. Part 1: Perspectives on Policy Research
  2. 1. Policy Sociology and Critical Social Research: A Personal Review of Recent Education Policy and Policy Research
  3. 2. Discipline and Chaos: The New Right and Discourses of Derision
  4. 3. What is Policy? Texts, Trajectories and Toolboxes
  5. 4. Educational Studies, Policy Entrepreneurship and Social Theory
  6. 5. Big Policies/Small World: An Introduction to International Perspectives on Education Policy
  7. Part 2: Policy Technologies and Policy Analysis
  8. 6. Ethics, Self Interest and the Market Form in Education
  9. 7. Good School/Bad School: Paradox and Fabrication
  10. 8. Educational Reform, Market Concepts and Ethical Re-tooling
  11. 9. Standards in Education: Privatisation, Profit and Values
  12. 10. The Teacher's Soul and the Terrors of Performativity
  13. Part 3: Social Class and Education Policy
  14. 11. Circuits of Schooling: A Sociological Exploration of Parental Choice of School in Social Class Contexts
  15. 12. Space, Work and the 'New Urban Economies'
  16. 13. Social Justice in the Head: Are we all Libertarians Now
  17. 14. 'Ethnic Choosing': Minority Ethnic Students and Higher Education Choice
  18. 15. 'I Heard it on the Grapevine': 'Hot' Knowledge and School Choice
  19. 16. The Risks of Social Reproduction: The middle Class and Education Markets