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Canadian Perspectives on the Sociology of Education

Edited by Cynthia Levine-Rasky

This outstanding collection of original essays written by academics from coast-to-coast examines the complex relationship between school and society. A distinctly Canadian perspective on the sociology of education is showcased with coverage of Canadian issues, policies, institutions, and data. Chapters range from the theoretical to the empirical, and from substantive concerns affecting student's lives to those affecting governance issues. Taking a critical approach, the text urges readers to ask difficult questions about teaching and schooling. By illustrating the multiple sociological forces that come into play for educators and learners, Canadian Perspectives on the Sociology of Education challenges the reductive and pragmatic approach adopted in conventional education courses.

Readership : Suitable for second- and third-year university courses in Sociology of Education.

Section One: Theory and Practice
1. Scott Davies and David Zarifa: New Institutional Theory and the Weberian Tradition
2. Jane Gaskell: Feminist Approaches to the Sociology of Education in Canada
3. Jo-Anne Dillabough: Assessing Pierre Bourdieu's Theoretical Legacies for Feminist Sociology of Education: Culture, Self, and Society
4. George J. Sefa Dei: Theorizing Anti-Racism
5. Joyce Barakett and M. Ayaz Naseem: Multicultural, Anti-Racist Education, and Black Feminist Pedagogy
6. Lisa Farley and Judith P. Robertson: The Stranger Side of Education: A Dialogue with Psychoanalysis
Section Two: Process and Equity
7. Alison Taylor and Harvey Krahn: Streaming In/For the New Economy
8. Rebecca Raby: School Rules, Bodily Discipline, Embodied Resistance
9. Jennifer R. Kelly and Lorin G. Yochim: African Canadian Students, Identity, and Diaspora Literacy
10. Verna St. Denis: Rethinking Culture Theory in Aboriginal Education
11. Gerald Walton: Addressing Homophobia and Heterosexism for all Children in Canadian Schools: A Responsibility of Educational Leaders
12. Wolfgang Lehmann: Class Encounters: Working Class Students at University
13. Jessica Ringrose: 'The Future is Female': Mapping Postmodernist Panics over Failing Boys and Over-Successful Girls in the UK and Canada
14. Michael Corbett: The Road to School Leads Out of Town: Rurality and Schooling in Atlantic Canada
Section Three: Reforms and Consequences
15. Claude Lessard and André Brassard: Education Governance in Canada, 1900-2003: Trends and Significance
16. Charles Ungerleider and Ernest Krieger: British Columbia: Whose Education? What Reform?
17. Ann Vibert: Painting the Mountain Green: Discourses of Accountability and Critical Practice
18. Goli Rezai-Rashti: The Assault of Neo-Liberalism on Education Reform, Restructuring, and Teaching in Ontario Secondary Schools
19. Kari Dehli: Race, Parents, and the Organization of Education Policy Discourse in Ontario
20. Don Dippo, Marcela Duran, Jen Gilbert, and Alice Pitt: Public Schooling, Public Knowledge, and the Education of Public School Teachers
21. Claire Polster: The Privatization of Higher Education in Canada

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Cynthia Levine-Rasky is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario. Her current and proposed research concerns the intersections of gender, race/ethnicity, and class among parents involved in choosing schools for their children. This research is related to the rise in studies of power as expressed through masculinity, whiteness, and middle-class living, rather than to research concerning oppression and marginality (women, racialized groups, and the working-class). Levine-Rasky is interested in what makes some parents 'choose' a school, how their decisions are influenced by changes in the student population, and how, in turn, their decisions bring about the reproduction of social inequalities. Related issues are concerned with the social and political context in which schooling is regarded as a commodity out of which the parent/consumer must choose the 'best' for their child, and also what the 'best' means for parents. In tandem with these questions, Cynthia is exploring the dynamics of Jewish identity.

The Schooled Society - Scott Davies and Neil Guppy
Sociology of Education - Terry Wotherspoon
Social Inequality in Canada - Valerie Zawilski and Cynthia Levine-Rasky
Race and Ethnicity in Canada - Vic Satzewich and Nick Liodakis
Making Sense in the Social Sciences - Margot Northey, Lorne Tepperman and Patrizia Albanese

Special Features

  • Canadian. Written by leading Canadian academics to be relevant to Canadian students, the collection reflects modern research in the sociology of education with coverage of Canadian issues, policies, institutions, and data.
  • Unique focus. Topical issues such as the impacts of educational inequalities on Black, Aboriginal, lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgendered, and working-class students are considered from a fresh perspective, and in some cases, for the first time in Canada. Students in turn are exposed to innovative and original research in the sociology of education.
  • Current. Ensuring the text is up-to-date, recent educational reforms from British Columbia to the Atlantic coast are included and considered in terms of how they affect teachers, administrators, parents, children, and university students.
  • Comprehensive. Divided into three parts (1. Theory and Practice, 2. Process and Equity, 3. Reforms and Consequences), the articles range from theoretical to empirical and cover a wide array of pertinent topics that will engage students while giving them a thorough overview of the discipline.
  • Outstanding Pedagogy. Each chapter ends with Study Questions, Recommended Readings and Websites, and a Glossary of Terms to highlight and clarify key concepts for students and encourage them to expand their studies beyond the text.