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Challenges of Urban Education: Sociological Perspectives for the Next Century


reviewed by John L. Rury 2002

coverTitle: Challenges of Urban Education: Sociological Perspectives for the Next Century
Author(s): Karen A. McClafferty(ed.)
Publisher: State University of New York Press, Albany
ISBN: 0791444341, Pages: 384, Year: 2000
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The term "sociology" has come to represent both a formal academic discipline and something of a residual category for writers engaged in more imaginative social analysis and commentary. Consequently, it features an unusually wide purview. This is certainly evident in the field of education, where an expansive range of studies and other publications are described as sociological. The diversity of viewpoints and methods embraced by scholars who work in this broadly conceived field is reflected in the most recent volume to emerge from the editorial collaboration of Carlos Alberto Torres and Theodore Mitchell, joined in this instance by Karen McClafferty (and the subject of this review). In this respect, the book is similar to their earlier SUNY volume on "emerging perspectives" in the sociology of education. It embraces many of the disparate elements that coexist in a sprawling academic terrain. Although the book’s title suggests that it deals with urban education, in fact only about half the chapters are explicitly concerned with schools or educational issues in... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 104 Number 1, 2002, p. 13-29
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 10719, Date Accessed: 10/24/2017 7:21:15 AM

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  • John Rury
    University of Kansas
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    JOHN RURY is professor of education at the University of Kansas, where his work concerns the history of American education and related policy studies, particularly concerning urban schools.
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