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Why Did Class Inequalities in Educational Attainment Remain Unchanged over Much of the Twentieth Century?

Richard Breen

in Understanding Social Change

Published by British Academy

Published in print February 2005 | ISBN: 9780197263143
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734939 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5871/bacad/9780197263143.003.0003

Series: British Academy Centenary Monographs

Why Did Class Inequalities in Educational Attainment Remain Unchanged over Much of the Twentieth Century?

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This chapter is concerned with changes in the level of educational attainment in Britain. It discusses and evaluates sociology's contribution to understanding class inequalities in educational attainment. It begins with empirical studies documenting the extent of class inequality in education. It then describes methodological work concerned with measuring class differentials in educational attainment. Finally, it explores possible explanations for the persistence of class inequalities.

Keywords: educational attainment; sociology; class inequalities; education; class differentials

Chapter.  6815 words. 

Subjects: Social Research and Statistics

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