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    The under-recognition of the significance of social class conceptions of education in Piketty’s Capital

    Citation

    Dale, R, 2016, ‘The under-recognition of the significance of social class conceptions of education in Piketty’s Capital’. British Journal of Sociology of Education, vol 37., pp. 836-847

    Abstract

    Piketty’s Capital has created enormous interest around the world,
    not least in educational circles. One reason for this may be his
    readiness to refer, in a book largely focused on economic history, to
    the ways that education has, and might, contribute to better and more
    equal social outcomes. This article welcomes this approach, but argues
    that Piketty’s suggestions remain somewhat limited due to his adherence
    to a more or less distributional, rather than relational, approach, and
    then sets out to address this issue by arguing that the assumption that
    it is the distribution of credentials which accounts for their
    contribution is mistaken. Instead, the article advances arguments which
    recognize the separate contributions of the content of credentials, and
    their valorization. The main focus of this article is thus on the
    different ways educational credentials are realized, which, it is
    argued, is a major basis for the maintenance of educational inequality.

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