Stratification in Higher Education

Stratification in Higher Education : A Comparative Study

Edited by Yossi Shavit , Edited by Richard Arum , Edited by Adam Gamoran


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The mass expansion of higher education is one of the most important social transformations of the second half of the twentieth century. In this book, scholars from 15 countries, representing Western and Eastern Europe, East Asia, Israel, Australia, and the United States, assess the links between this expansion and inequality in the national context. Contrary to most expectations, the authors show that as access to higher education expands, all social classes benefit. Neither greater diversification nor privatization in higher education results in greater inequality. In some cases, especially where the most advantaged already have significant access to higher education, opportunities increase most for persons from disadvantaged origins. Also, during the late twentieth century, opportunities for women increased faster than those for men. Offering a new spin on conventional wisdom, this book shows how all social classes benefit from the expansion of higher education.

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  • Paperback | 504 pages
  • 154.94 x 231.14 x 27.94mm | 703.06g
  • 25 Apr 2010
  • Stanford University Press
  • Palo Alto
  • English
  • 86 tables, 34 figures
  • 0804771529
  • 9780804771528
  • 890,532

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Yossi Shavit is Professor of Sociology at Tel Aviv University. Richard Arum is Professor of Sociology and Education at New York University. Adam Gamoran is Professor of Sociology and Educational Policy Studies.

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"This creative and insightful analysis should become standard reading in all programs of higher education concerned with expansion and social equity." - Review of Higher Education"

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