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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.  


Now one of the most respected words in the lexicon of the human sciences, ‘structure’ lends to its many theoretic uses something solid and well-made about its very sound. The concept originated in anatomy and was quickly borrowed by architects; in both cases, it refers ideally to the completeness of integration and the smoothness and dependability of articulation, in a body or a building. Physical anthropologists of the nineteenth century naturally borrowed it from anatomists, and it was obviously useful to the science of geology, which picked up speed after Darwin opened the way, and to the technology of heavy engineering.

It is hard to say whether the use of ‘structure’ to designate social organisation is a metaphor or not. There so clearly are empirical ...

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