Unequal Attainments: Ethnic educational inequalities in ten Western countries

Hardcover | October 10, 2014

EditorAnthony Heath, Yael Brinbaum

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The book provides a comprehensive and authoritative study of the patterns of ethnic educational inequality among the "second generation" (that is of the children of migrants born in the country of destination) in secondary schools and higher education in ten western countries - Belgium,Britain, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland and the USA. These are countries which have become increasingly diverse in recent years and which provide a range of educational systems, immigration rules, and integration policies. The experience of the second generation,who have been born and educated in the countries of destination, is widely seen as being a crucial test of whether western liberal democracies live up to their professed ideals of fairness and meritocracy. Education is likely to be crucial for the future integration of ethnic minorities, withimportant implications for social cohesion. The book investigates the educational careers of the second-generation groups using large-scale national datasets and harmonised analyses of outcomes in order to identify patterns of success and failure in education and the mechanisms underlying such inequalities. It examines whether suchdifferences can be attributed to immigration policies of the receiving countries, the structure of the education system, the poverty of the sending countries, their cultural differences from the destination country, the degree of "positive selection" of the migrants, or to more specificcharacteristics of particular ethnic minorities. It provides a rigorous description and quantification of ethnic inequalities in education and makes important progress in explaining existing inequalities.

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The book provides a comprehensive and authoritative study of the patterns of ethnic educational inequality among the "second generation" (that is of the children of migrants born in the country of destination) in secondary schools and higher education in ten western countries - Belgium,Britain, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Netherl...

Anthony Heath is Professor of Sociology at Manchester University and Senior Research Fellow at the University of Oxford. Yael Brinbaum is Associate Professor at the University of Burgunday and Researcher in Sociology at Centre d'etudes de l'emploi.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:245 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.01 inPublished:October 10, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019726574X

ISBN - 13:9780197265741

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1. Anthony Heath and Yael Brinbaum: Introduction: The Comparative Study of Ethnic Inequalities in Educational Careers2. Laurence Lessard-Phillips, Fenella Fleischmann and Erika van Elsas: Ethnic Minorities in Ten Western Countries: Migration Flows, Policies and Institutional Differences3. Anthony Heath and Catherine Rothon: Ethnic Penalties and Premia at the End of Lower Secondary Education4. Jan O. Jonsson, Elina Kilpi-Jakonen and Frida Rudolphi: Ethnic Differences in Early School-Leaving5. Laurence Lessard-Phillips, Yael Brinbaum and Anthony Heath: The Choice of Academic and Vocational Tracks in Upper Secondary Education6. Yael Brinbaum and Anthony Heath: Completion of Upper Secondary Education7. Amy C. Lutz: University Completion among the Children of Immigrants8. Fenella Fleischmann and Cornelia Kristen: Gender and Ethnic Inequalities across the Educational Career9. Herman G. van de Werfhorst, Erika van Elsas and Anthony Heath: Origin and Destination Effects on the Educational Careers of Second-Generation Minorities