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About the SeriesThe SAGE Key Concepts series provides students with accessible and authoritative knowledge of the essential topics in a variety of disciplines. Cross-referenced throughout, the format encourages critical evaluation through understanding. Written by experienced and respected academics, the books are indispensable study aids and guides to comprehension.Key Concepts in Education provides students with over 100 essential themes, topics and expressions that Education students are likely to encounter, both during their courses and beyond in professional practice. Co-authored to draw on experiences of working within academia, local authorities and the classroom, the entries provide:a definition of the concepta description of the historical and practical contextan explanation of how the concept is appliedan evaluation of the concepthelpful references and suggested further readingThis book will be essential reading for students of Education, and an invaluable reference tool for their professional careers. About the AuthorsFred Inglis is Emeritus Professor of Cultural Studies, University of Sheffield. Lesley Aers is a senior member of a local authority school improvement service and an Ofsted inspector. Both authors are former schoolteachers.  


For a couple of centuries or more after the French Revolution whose banners were inscribed ‘liberté, egalité, fraternité’, equality was a value at the centre of political aspiration and policy-making. More recently, its most obvious manifestation, equality of rewards and of incomes, has ceded place to the conflicting value of individual success and achievement.

As money has come to be, as never before, at once the driving force and magnetic goal of the rich societies like Britain and the USA, the strength of equality has faded for a while, but it is a truism that no modern society can tolerate for long such grotesque and brutal discrepancies of wealth as now are to be found in the USA (the top 1,000 chief executives in the ...

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