Towards the Sociology of Truth

by Rob Moore

Towards the Sociology of Truth Synopsis

This title examines a series of inter-related problems associated with the nature of knowledge, how it is produced within intellectual fields and the implications for the transmission of knowledge in the classroom. This innovative monograph is concerned with a set of inter-related problems associated with the nature of knowledge, how it is produced within intellectual fields and the implications of those things for education and the transmission of knowledge in the classroom. It covers issues in the sociology of knowledge, the educational system and policy, social differences in educational attainment, educational research and teaching. It critically engages with the ideas of major thinkers such as Durkheim, Bernstein and Bourdieu and others and draws on contributions which represent an emerging new approach in the sociology of education associated with recent work by John Beck, Karl Maton, Johan Muller, Michael F.D. Young and others. This provocative and challenging book will undoubtedly stimulate debate among educationists across the world.

Towards the Sociology of Truth Press Reviews

'A provocative examination of the key issues in the sociology of education and the sociology of knowledge. Drawing upon his thorough knowledge of both fields, Moore demonstrates that these too often separate subfields in sociology need to be linked together analytically in order to understand ongoing debates about absolutism and relativity. Through a penetrating examination of the development of New Sociology of Education in the 1970s and subsequent theoretical discussions, Moore provides us with an understanding of how knowledge is the product of a complex set of social forces and that dualistic conceptions of objectivity and subjectivity are more complex than the methodological debates suggest. If this were not enough, Moore provides illuminating analyses of both Bernstein and Bourdieu, which show how each contributed immensely to these debates.' Alan R. Sadovnik, Professor of Education, Sociology and Public Affairs, Rutgers University, USA 'Towards the Sociology of Truth should be read by every sociologist of education. It is an argument for a social realist account of knowledge, an attempt to wrestle with and reconcile some of the deep fissures in sociological thinking, and a reclamation of all that is best in the discipline through an analytical history of its intellectual antecedants. This book will prove a challenge to many in the discipline and, because it cannot be ignored, will be indispensable to debates about the nature of sociology of education and the claims to knowledge that it makes.' Hugh Lauder, Professor of Education and Political Economy, University of Bath, UK

Book Information

ISBN: 9781847062284
Publication date: 1st July 2009
Author: Rob Moore
Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd. an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 178 pages
Categories: Philosophy & theory of education, Sociology,

About Rob Moore

Robert Moore is Lecturer in Sociology of Education at the University of Cambridge, Faculty of Education, and Fellow of Homerton College.

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