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A Political Sociology of Education Policy

The provision of and access to school places in England is structured through segregation, and yet influential research takes place without due recognition of how selection and choice operate. For example, reform technologies ensure that public funds are used to keep identified categories of children out of a school.

In this seminar Prof Gunter’s intends scoping segregation as a form of policy violence, and will proceed to present a new approach to researching understanding and explanations of this trend as a political sociology.

Based on over thirty years of research funded by the ESRC and British Academy, Prof Gunter interconnects political thinking from Arendt with sociological thinking from Bourdieu to present a Thinking Politically-Sociologically Framework that includes: Vantage Points; Viewpoints; Regimes of Practice; Exchange Relationships; and Intellectual Histories.


09:30 Introduction and welcome
Craig Skerritt and Sarah Younie
09:40 A Political Sociology of Education Policy
Professor Helen M Gunter
10:15 Discussion
10:30 Event close

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Helen Gunter, Professor

Professor Emerita at University of Manchester

Helen M Gunter is Professor Emerita in the Manchester Institute of Education, University of Manchester, UK. She is a fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, and recipient of the BELMAS Distinguished Service Award 2016. Her research focuses on...

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Craig Skerritt, Dr

Lecturer at University of Manchester

Craig Skerritt is a lecturer in education at the Manchester Institute of Education, University of Manchester.

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Sarah Younie, Professor

Professor in Education Innovation at De Montfort University Alumni

Sarah Younie is a principal lecturer in Education at De Montfort University and a visiting Senior Research Fellow at University of Bedfordshire. She has been involved in international research on educational technologies and teaching for twenty...