Social Change and Education in Greece: A Study in Class Struggle Dynamics

Hardcover | January 8, 2013

bySpyros Themelis, Spyros Thelemis

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The postwar orthodoxy postulated that education is both a mechanism for upward social mobility and an engine for economic growth. This book challenges these mainstream conceptions. Using Greece and the Roma people in particular as a case study, Themelis examines qualitative and quantitative social mobility findings to explore the changes associated with education and to analyze their importance for individuals and society.

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The postwar orthodoxy postulated that education is both a mechanism for upward social mobility and an engine for economic growth. This book challenges these mainstream conceptions. Using Greece and the Roma people in particular as a case study, Themelis examines qualitative and quantitative social mobility findings to explore the chang...

Spyros Themelis is Lecturer in Education at Middlesex University, UK. His publications adopt a critical perspective on issues of education and meritocracy, social mobility, Roma/Gypsy/Travellers and minorities, and social and educational policy. He has published in various journals, including the British Journal of Sociology of Educat...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 10.81 × 5.71 × 0.8 inPublished:January 8, 2013Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230338224

ISBN - 13:9780230338227

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Table of Contents

PART I
Social Stratification and Class Analysis
Social Mobility: Types, Trends and Critique
The Political Economy, Social Stratification and Class Formation in Postwar Greece
Education, Social Mobility, and the Question Of Meritocracy
PART II
Contextualizing the Case Study
Quantitative Aspects of Social Mobility
Occupational Trajectories and Experiences of Mobility
Educational Experiences and Pathways to Social Mobility
Alternative Pathways to Social Mobility: The Role of Emigration, Marriage and Political Patronage
Epilogue/Discussion
Appendix 1: The Major Political, Economic and Social Events in Greece, 1936-2011
Appendix 2: The Register
Appendix 3: Quantitative Data Analysis

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'Social Change and Education in Greece is a probing and trenchant analysis of the class dynamics of Greek society and the social, cultural, and educational fallout from the war on Greek democracy by the transnational capitalist class. This is necessary reading for any comprehensive understanding of capitalism today.' - Peter McLaren, Professor, University of California, Los Angeles, USA "Spyros Themelis's research on social inequalities and their relationship to education is an insightful analysis of social reality in postwar and post-civil war Greece. Discussing a time when education still functioned as a vehicle for social mobility, this book illuminates how a cultural minority, a semi-agrarian Gypsy community, fought its way into mainstream society. Seen from the perspective of the growing gap between a diminishing middle class and the real holders of material and symbolic capital in post-crisis Greece, Themelis's book could explain also why the integrative pattern he describes for the past is no longer valid for large segments of the population undergoing a painful experience of downward social mobility in contemporary Greece."- Athan Gotovos, Professor of Education, University of Ioannina, Greece