Faculty Book: Paul Attewell
Paul Attewell and Katherine S. Newman, eds.
Growing Gaps: Educational Inequality around the World
(Oxford University Press, 2010)
In Growing Gaps, scholars closely examine the sometimes paradoxical relationship between inequality and education. Across both postindustrial societies and the high-growth economies of the developing world, education has become the central path for upward mobility even as it maintains and exacerbates existing inequalities. When education is privatized, for example, students from families with resources enjoy the benefits of these new institutions while poorer students face intense competition for entry to underfunded public universities and schools. What’s more, qualified young workers in ever-increasing supply face class- or race-based inequalities when they attempt to translate their credentials into suitable jobs. Covering almost every continent, Growing Gaps provides an overarching and essential examination of the worldwide race for educational advantage. Paul Attewell is a professor of sociology and urban education at the Graduate Center.
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Submitted on: NOV 5, 2010