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, doi: 10.1080/17508480209556395.

Attached Files
Name Description MIMEType Size Downloads

Title Schooling and the production of social inequalities : what can and should we be doing?
Author(s) Mills, Carmen
Gale, TrevorORCID iD for 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
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
DOI 10.1080/17508480209556395
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
Copyright notice ©2002, Taylor & Francis
Persistent URL

Document type: Journal Article
Collections: Faculty of Arts and Education
School of Education
Connect to link resolver
Unless expressly stated otherwise, the copyright for items in DRO is owned by the author, with all rights reserved.

Version Filter Type
Citation counts: TR Web of Science Citation Count  Cited 0 times in TR Web of Science
Scopus Citation Count Cited 0 times in Scopus
Google Scholar Search Google Scholar
Access Statistics: 238 Abstract Views, 30 File Downloads  -  Detailed Statistics
Created: Wed, 07 Dec 2011, 08:46:21 EST

Every reasonable effort has been made to ensure that permission has been obtained for items included in DRO. If you believe that your rights have been infringed by this repository, please contact