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The particular strength of this book is Geoff Whitty's grasp on and insights into the politics of education... he is able to bring to bear an authoritative perspective which is unrivaled in the United Kingdom. there is no other current book which compares in terms of the breadth and depth of this' - Professor Stephen Ball, Institute of Education, University of London This book aims to make sense of the changes in education policy over the past decade, using the resources of the sociology and politics of education. The author shows that wider sociological perspectives can help us to appreciate both the limits and the possibilities of educational change. Geoff Whitty illustrates this through studies of curriculum innovation, school choice, teacher professionalism and school improvement. He considers how far education policy can be used to foster social inclusion and social justice and the book concludes with an assessment of New Labour education policy in these terms. The book deals with education policy in England and Wales, as well as making comparisons with contemporary education policy in other countries. This book is relevant to students of education at masters and doctoral levels, students of social policy, and policy-makers.

Introduction: Sociology and Education Policy
Introduction: Sociology and education policy

This introductory chapter locates the sociological study of education policy within a tradition that goes back to the distinguished European sociologist Karl Mannheim. Although better known for his work on social theory and the sociology of knowledge, Mannheim became increasingly concerned with the sociology of education and education policy when working at the London School of Economics and the Institute of Education in the 1940s. I argue here that, although the particular approach adopted by Mannheim may be inappropriate today, many of the questions he asked remain relevant and his use of sociological concepts to help make sense of education policy sets an important example for contemporary sociologists of education to follow.

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