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New Handbook of Sociology of Education addresses educational inequality

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The Handbook of the Sociology of Education in the 21st Century, edited by Dr. Barbara Schneider, professor in the College of Education at Michigan State University, and associate edited by Dr. Guan Saw, assistant professor in the UTSA Department of Educational Psychology, has recently been published internationally. 


This new handbook includes 25 chapters, written by 60 leading sociologists and emerging scholars in the field. Each of the chapters are embedded in theory, but are contemporary and futuristic in its implications. Together, all of the chapters address two key concepts of sociology of education—access and opportunity. 


“Sociologists often study the sources and consequences of inequality. While reviewing many of these explanations, this handbook highlights the research and policy on reducing inequality,” said Schneider. “It also examines today’s highly diverse, yet understudied student populations, such as undocumented children and LGBTQs, emphasizing the intersectionality of gender, race, ethnicity and social class.”


Additionally, the handbook discusses the changing landscape of higher education institutions, their respective populations, and its relationships with labor market opportunities. A special section is devoted to new methodological work for studying social systems, including network analyses, and school and teacher effects. 


“This Handbook serves as a blueprint for identifying new work for sociologists of education, particularly relating to the problems and solutions of educational inequality,” said Saw. “It is expected to be widely used as a primary reference for undergraduate and graduate courses on the sociology of education across the country and the world.”  


The handbook, which is a part of the “Handbooks of Sociology and Social Research” series, is available through Springer publishing. 


Book cover courtesy of Springer.





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