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The problem of education-based discrimination

Tannock, Stuart 2008. The problem of education-based discrimination. British Journal of Sociology of Education 29 (5) , pp. 439-449. 10.1080/01425690802326846

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While the research, theory and policy literature on race, class and gender discrimination in education is extensive, the problem of education‐based discrimination itself has been widely overlooked. Indeed, the dominant ideologies of meritocracy and human capital (into which we are inculcated throughout our lives by schools, media and the state) proclaim that higher levels of education are and should be linked with greater reward. In a world where education is regularly invoked to legitimate inequality, it can appear nonsensical even to raise concern about education‐based discrimination as a matter of social injustice. We need, however, to challenge those who have taught us not to see what has essentially become an elephant in our living room. Otherwise, we will find ourselves unable ever to use our public systems of education for universal emancipation and empowerment.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
L Education > LC Special aspects of education
Uncontrolled Keywords: credentialism; discrimination; education‐based discrimination; meritocracy
Publisher: Routledge
ISSN: 0142-5692
Last Modified: 19 Mar 2016 23:21

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