The British Journal of Sociology of Education has recently published a special issue on Thomas Piketty’s Relevance for the Study of Education, with excellent contributions from GESF members Professor Susan Robertson and Professor Roger Dale.
Their articles directly address the question of education, what Piketty refers to as the diffusion of knowledge and technology, or a critical ‘force for convergence’. Robertson makes the point that although Piketty describes inequality as a political process, he reduces the role of education to a technical input in production. She contests this claim, analysing how education itself is a new capitalist market that functions through public and private debt and produces new social norms in society. Dale examines the question of educational credentials, arguing that Piketty’s focus on distribution ignores the fact that capitalism is based on relational processes, which among other implications, means that credentials only having meaning if valorised by the wider society.
You can access this special issue online at the following address: http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/cbse20/37/6
British Journal of Sociology of Education Volume 37 Issue 6, Special Issue: Thomas Piketty’s Relevance for the Study of Education: Reflections on the Political Economy of Education.