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Understanding Social Change$
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Anthony F. Heath, John Ermisch, and Duncan Gallie

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780197263143

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197263143.001.0001

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Why Did Class Inequalities in Educational Attainment Remain Unchanged over Much of the Twentieth Century?

Why Did Class Inequalities in Educational Attainment Remain Unchanged over Much of the Twentieth Century?

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(p.54) (p.55) 3. Why Did Class Inequalities in Educational Attainment Remain Unchanged over Much of the Twentieth Century?
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Understanding Social Change
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Richard Breen

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British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197263143.003.0003

This chapter is concerned with changes in the level of educational attainment in Britain. It discusses and evaluates sociology's contribution to understanding class inequalities in educational attainment. It begins with empirical studies documenting the extent of class inequality in education. It then describes methodological work concerned with measuring class differentials in educational attainment. Finally, it explores possible explanations for the persistence of class inequalities.

Keywords:   educational attainment, sociology, class inequalities, education, class differentials

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