Positivism, Structurationism and the Differentiation-Polarisation Theory: a reconsideration of Shilling's novelty and primacy thesis

Abraham, John (1994) Positivism, Structurationism and the Differentiation-Polarisation Theory: a reconsideration of Shilling's novelty and primacy thesis. British Journal of Sociology of Education, 15 (2). pp. 231-241. ISSN 14653346

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Abstract

This paper critically assesses Chris Shilling's claims that structuration theory provides a new and important direction for sociology of education. That assessment is conducted with particular reference to the long-standing research programme in the sociology of education, known as the differentiation-polarisation theory (d-p). The plausibility of the claim that d-p is positivist is examined, and the extent to which d-p meets the supposed inadequacies of sociology of education allegedly exposed by structuration theory is investigated. It is concluded that the novelty and importance of structuration theory for sociology of education and a fortiori education policy remains unproven.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Sociology
Depositing User: John Abraham
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 18:25
Last Modified: 14 Jun 2012 15:54
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/16249
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