Education at the Margins: Towards Liberation or Subordination?

Tuesday, 17 July 2018: 10:30-12:20
RC04 Sociology of Education (host committee)

Language: Spanish and English


Global inequality is a troubling fact of contemporary life. The gulf between rich and poor continues to grow at alarming rates, not only across societies, but also within societies.  Economic wealth is undeniably associated with differences in the quality of life.  The poor live in marginalized, powerless communities where they are denied life essentials and the hope of a better future.  Education is expected to be a dependable route to upward social mobility.  Yet the record shows that only the smallest fraction of the poor are successful in their determined efforts to achieve economic prosperity via educational attainment. 

We invite research papers that rigorously investigate the underlying principles, structures, practices and outcomes of educational systems that reinforce rather than to disrupt social inequality.  From a social justice perspective, is education at the margins designed to liberate or subordinate?  To what extent is high quality education accessible to the most marginalized, disenfranchised groups in society?  What are some solutions to these persistent patterns?

Session Organizers:
Walter ALLEN, University of California, Los Angeles, USA, Patricia MARTINEZ BARRIOS, Universidad de Cartagena, Colombia and Carol Camp YEAKEY, Washington University, St. Louis, USA
Oral Presentations
Educational Tracking and Inequality: Towards Equity in Education in the Caribbean
Sheria MYRIE, Humber Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning, Canada; Oral ROBINSON, University of British Columbia, Canada
Causal Mechanisms of the Socio-Ethnic Conflicts within Academe of Russia, Ukraine, Canada, and the USA: Comparative Analysis
Andrey REZAEV, Research Laboratory Transnationalism and Migration Studies, Russian Federation; Valentin STARIKOV, TANDEM, St. Petersburg State University, Russia
Inequality in Higher Education? Promises and Contradictions.
Shaheeda ESSACK, Nat Dept Higher Education & Training, South Africa
Whither the Equality of Educational Opportunity in the USA?
Pamela QUIROZ, The University of Houston, USA; Anthony Gary DWORKIN, University of Houston, USA
Inclusion and Excellence in Post-Conflict Colombian Higher Education: Views from the Leadership
Jose Eusebio CONSUEGRA, Universidad Simon Bolivar, Colombia; Chantal JONES, UCLA, USA; Jaime LEAL, Universidad Pública Abierta y a Distancia (UNAD), Colombia; Maritza RENDON, Universidad Cooperativa de Colombia, Colombia; Edgar PARRA, University of Cartagena, Colombia; Harold CASTILLA, Corporación Universitaria Minuto de Dios (UNIMINUTO), Colombia; Enis Margarita CONSUEGRA SOLANO, Universidad Simon Bolivar, Colombia
Distributed Papers
Scientific Evidences and Social Transformation in Deprived Contexts: Impact and Transferability of the Successful Educational Actions (SEAs) to Spanish and Mexican Educational Centres
Alfonso RODRÍGUEZ ORAMAS, Instituto NATURA, Mexico; Olga SERRADELL, Department of Sociology, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain
Portraits of Labour: Teachers' Work in Situations of Inequality
Nyna AMIN, University of Kwazulu Natal, South Africa
Schooling and ‘Learned Helplessness’ in Northern Nigeria
Godwin ODOK, Department of Sociology, Federal University, Dutsin-Ma, Katsina State, Nigeria, Nigeria
Higher Education and the Post-Conflict Era in Colombia: A Review of Institutional Documents
Carmen Luz de PRETELT, Universidad Pública Abierta y a Distancia, Colombia; Chantal JONES, University of California Los Angeles, USA; Adrian HUERTA, University of California Los Angeles UCLA, USA; César AGUIRRE LEÓN, Corporación Universitaria Minuto de Dios, Colombia; Harold CASTILLA, Corporacion Universitaria Minuto de Dios-UNIMINUTO, Colombia