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No such thing as a consensus: Olive Banks and the sociology of education

Delamont, Sara ORCID: 2008. No such thing as a consensus: Olive Banks and the sociology of education. British Journal of Sociology of Education 29 (4) , pp. 391-402. 10.1080/01425690802160302

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The title of this article comes from the editorial written for this journal by Olive Banks, Len Barton, Roger Dale, David Hargreaves, Roland Meighan, Ivan Reid and Graham Vulliamy (Banks et al. 1980, 4) that appeared in its first issue, and set out its remit. The seven scholars who wrote that editorial pledged to "publish high quality work of any theoretical orientation." Three major themes are addressed in this paper: Olive Banks's contribution to sociology of education up to 1973; the fate of her work after 1973; and her work as a case study of the troubled relationship between sociology of education and sociology itself. Two important works by Olive Banks form the core of the paper. Banks and Finlayson (1973) "Success and Failure in the Secondary School," and her textbook "The Sociology of Education" (Banks 1968, 1971, 1976). Banks (1955) Parity and Prestige in English Secondary Education is the subject of another paper in this volume (Edwards, 2008, this issue): a recognition that it is her most important work. Before focusing on the three themes used to structure the paper, there is a brief contextual section.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
L Education > L Education (General)
L Education > LA History of education
Uncontrolled Keywords: feminism; class; selection; streaming; social mobility; secondary schooling
Publisher: Routledge
ISSN: 0142-5692
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2022 08:49

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