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Globalization, International Education, and the Formation of a Transnational Class?

by Phillip Brown & Hugh Lauder - 2009

The idea that education is intimately linked to the reproduction of social class has a long pedigree. Through the theoretical contributions of writers such as Bowles and Gintis (1976), Bourdieu and Passeron (1977), and Collins (1979) it has been established that there are systemic educational inequalities: the children from professional middle class backgrounds are far more likely to succeed in the competition for credentials than those from the working class. But there has always been another element to theories of class reproduction which relate, broadly speaking, to character. It is that education, as a classed institution, shapes or informs character by differentially creating or reinforcing the kinds of dispositions, attitudes, and cultural attributes necessary for entry into professional middle class occupations.

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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 108. No. 2.

Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 111 Number 14, 2009, p. 130-147
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 18436, Date Accessed: 10/21/2021 5:00:27 AM

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  • Phillip Brown
    Cardiff University
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    PHILLIP BROWN is a distinguished professor at Cardiff University.
  • Hugh Lauder
    University of Bath
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    HUGH LAUDER has been a Professor of Education and Political Economy at the University of Bath since 1996.
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