Growing Gaps: Educational Inequality around the World

Paperback | November 1, 2010

EditorPaul Attewell, Katherine S. Newman

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As inequality grows rapidly both in post-industrial societies and in the high-growth economies of the developing world, its centrality and ubiquity among problems of interest to social scientists is becoming only more apparent. And among all of inequality's causes and manifestations, accessto education is key to understanding and combating it, both for improving a person's individual life chances and for increasing countries' national wealth.In Growing Gaps, Paul Attewell and Katherine S. Newman bring together an impressive group of scholars to closely examine the relationship between inequality and education. Indeed as many countries grow economically, it is unclear whether this growth leads directly to increased opportunity or moreferocious competition and thus more severe inequality. In many growing economies there has been a staggering growth of private higher education as demand for opportunity has outpaced supply, and families who must fund this human capital accumulation are only burdened with more and more debt.Outlining the world-wide race for educational advantage, this volume takes a comparative approach, aiming to not only describe various nations' systems of education, but weave them together in a larger network of stratification. Covering almost every continent, Growing Gaps provides an overarchingand essential examination of who is actually able to benefit from economic growth and who, because of the educational demands it brings about, it shuts out. The book will serve as a lasting achievement towards understanding the root causes of inequality in an increasingly interconnected globalsociety where the worsening situations for some increasingly effect all of us.

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As inequality grows rapidly both in post-industrial societies and in the high-growth economies of the developing world, its centrality and ubiquity among problems of interest to social scientists is becoming only more apparent. And among all of inequality's causes and manifestations, accessto education is key to understanding and comb...

Paul Attewell is a Professor of Sociology who teaches in the doctoral programs in sociology and in urban education at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. His most recent book, co-authored with David Lavin, was Passing the Torch: Does Higher Education for the Disadvantaged Pay Off Across the Generations? It won the...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:November 1, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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PrefaceKatherine Newman: Access to Education: Mobility Tool or Roadblock of Stratification?1. Paul Attewell: Education and Inequality In a Global Context2. Christian Cox: Educational Inequality in Latin America3. Antonio S. Guimaraes: Entrance into prestigious universities and the performance of discriminated groups on the "vestibular": Black Students in the University of Sao Paulo, 2001-20074. Malcolm Keswell: Education and Racial Inequality in Post Apartheid South Africa5. Kwang-Yeong Shin, Byoung-Hoon Lee: Social Class and Educational Inequality in South Korea6. Yaakov Gilboa, Moshe Justman: Equal Opportunity in Higher Education in Israel: Lessons from the Kibbutz7. Li Chunling: Socio-political Changes and Inequality in Educational Opportunities in China: 1940 - 20018. Yi-Lee Wong: Middle-class Losers?: The role of emotion in educational careers9. Karen Robson: The After Life of NEETS10. Louis Chauvel: Over education and Social Generations in France: Welfare Regimes and Inter Cohort Inequalities in Returns to Education11. Pawel Polawski: Education and the Labor Market: The Case of Poland12. Fenella Fleischmann, Jaap Dronkers: The Socio-Economic Integration of Immigrants in the EU Effects of Characteristics of Origin and Destination Countries on the First and Second Generation13. Angel Harris: Gender, Perceptions of Opportunity, and Investment in Schooling