Schooling and the production of social inequalities : what can and should we be doing?

Mills, Carmen and Gale, Trevor 2002, Schooling and the production of social inequalities : what can and should we be doing?, Melbourne studies in education, vol. 43, no. 1, pp. 107-128.

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Title Schooling and the production of social inequalities : what can and should we be doing?
Author(s) Mills, Carmen
Gale, Trevor
Journal name Melbourne studies in education
Volume number 43
Issue number 1
Start page 107
End page 128
Total pages 22
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication England
Publication date 2002-05
ISSN 1750-8487
1750-8495
Keyword(s) school
social inequalities
effective schooling
school communities
Summary To speak of an ideal is to lay claim to what ought or should be and to explain 'reality' as deviation. That is, ideals serve to provide direction towards some desired goal as well as judgment about how well a perceived reality approximates that desire. In more recent times, the postmodernist critique has provided its own 'reality check' on modernist ideals, challenging the notion that there is one best way to reach Utopian ends. The emergence of postmodern theories has signalled a general shift in 'the structure of feeling'1 from acquiescence to censure of the universal. But it is not as if there are no postmodern ideals. In these accounts, utopianism is more cogently understood as 'heterotopianisms'. While we are convinced by such critique, that there are diverse goals of value and pathways to reach them, we admit to some uneasiness about a 'postmodern pluralism' in which ideals have die potential to wash away into relativism, where one ideal is as good as the next and ways of achieving them are also equally regarded.
Language eng
Field of Research 139999 Education not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30040811

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Education
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