Education and Social Inequality in the Global Culture

  • Joseph Zajda
  • Karen Biraimah
  • William Gaudelli

Part of the Globalisation, Comparative Education and Policy Research book series (GCEP, volume 1)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvii
  2. Victòria Miquel-Martí, Tere Sordé-Martí
    Pages 57-70
  3. Marta Luz Sisson de Castro, Janaina Specht Da Silva Menezes
    Pages 85-102
  4. Gillian Hampden-Thompson, Lina Guzman, Laura Lippman
    Pages 155-180
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 203-209

About this book


The book critically examines the overall interplay between globalisation, social inequality and education. It draws upon recent studies in the areas of globalisation, educational inequalities and the role of the State. It explores conceptual frameworks and methodological approaches applicable in the research covering the State, globalisation, social stratification and education. It demonstrates the neo-liberal ideological imperatives of education and policy reforms, and illustrates the way the relationship between the State and education policy affects current models and trends in education reforms and schooling globally. Various book chapters critique the dominant discourses and debates pertaining to the newly constructed and re-invented models of neo-liberal ideology in education, set against the current climate of growing social stratification and unequal access to quality education for all.

The book, constructed against this pervasive anti-dialogical backdrop, aims to widen, deepen, and in some cases open, discourse related to globalisation, and new dimensions of social inequality in the global culture. It is presented around three particular dimensions: hegemony, equity, and cultural capital, as these continue to be most significant dimensions defining social inequality in the global culture.

The book explores the ambivalent and problematic relationship between the State, globalisation and social change. Using a number of diverse paradigms, ranging from critical theory to globalisation, the authors, by focusing on globalisation, ideology and social inequality, attempt to examine critically both the reasons and outcomes of education reforms, policy change and transformation and provide a more informed critique on the Western-driven models of accountability, quality and school effectiveness. The book draws upon recent studies in the areas of equity, cultural capital and dominant ideologies in education. It examines the overall interplay between globalisation, ideology and social inequality in education.


Europe Globalisation comparative education education education policy education reform educational inequality ideology literacy pedagogy quality

Editors and affiliations

  • Joseph Zajda
    • 1
  • Karen Biraimah
    • 2
  • William Gaudelli
    • 3
  1. 1.Australian Catholic UniversityAustralia
  2. 2.University of Central FloridaOrlandoUSA
  3. 3.Columbia UniversityNew YorkUSA

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