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Education and Social Inequality

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Introductory essay about the role of education in perpetuating systems of inequality in Australia.

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Academia Pierre Bourdieu Sociology Culture Post-structuralism Capital Cultural capital Social status Social inequality Meritocracy Field Status attainment
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Academia Pierre Bourdieu Sociology Culture Post-structuralism Capital Cultural capital Social status Social inequality Meritocracy Field Status attainment
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These factors can significantly influence the academic outcomes of certain social groups, thereby expanding or limiting the opportunities available to them. Education is generally perceived to create opportunities for all, but sociologists often counter this assumption due to the ability of the education system to reproduce social inequality in wider society. This essay will argue that the education system reinforces pre-existing social inequality as it encourages the privileged to succeed while pushing the disadvantaged into lower positions in society. Meritocracy within the education system supports this argument as it holds individuals accountable for their academic success or failure, disregarding the social backgrounds from w...
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