Written by a leading sociologist of Scotland, this ground-breaking new introduction is a comprehensive account of the social, political, economic and cultural processes at work in contemporary Scottish society. At a time of major uncertainty and transformation The New Sociology of Scotland explores every aspect of Scottish life. Placed firmly in the context of globalisation, the text: • examines a broad range of topics including race and ethnicity, social inequality, national identity, health, class, education, sport, media and culture, among many others. • looks at the ramifications of recent political events such as British General Election of 2015, the Scottish parliament election of May 2016, and the Brexit referendum of June 2016. • uses learning features such as further reading and discussion questions to stimulate students to engage critically with issues raised. Written in a lucid and accessible style, The New Sociology of Scotland is an indispensable guide for students of sociology and politics.
Chapter 10: Scottish Education and Scottish Society
Scottish Education and Scottish Society
So often has it been claimed that education is an icon of Scottish identity that the very claim itself has become a cliché. When, during the referendum on independence in 2014, the two sides of the debate sought to attach themselves most legitimately to an authentic past, they looked for metaphors of opportunity, of an educated culture, and – if not of equality – then of what the American sociologist R.H. Turner called as long ago as 1960 ‘contest mobility’, the right to be treated as equal in potential, the right to compete for recognition by those in power, and the right for the criteria of evaluation to be defined ...