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Wednesday, April 26 • 1:40pm - 2:00pm
Socio-Economic Stratification And The Purpose Of Education From Marx To Bowles And Ginits

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The Correspondence Principle, coined by Marxist’s economists Samuel Bowels and Herbert Gintis, considers the relationship between one’s socio-economic position and their educational achievement. A core principle of this theory is that education is a source of inequality as it does not exist to enhance one’s economic mobility within a population. They argue that income class is the primary determinant of the type and quality of education one receives. Thus it only serves to perpetuate the existent class structures and patterns of distribution. Children of working class families are expected to maintain similar types of employment as their parents. Therefore these children receive an education which transmits traits favorable to low-wage labor, such as punctuality, obedience, and the lack of control in production. This paper will embark on the bibliographic trail from which the Correspondence Principle is founded by reviewing the works of Karl Marx, Antonio Gramsci, and Louis Althusser, in order to analyze their role and influence upon this theory.


Wednesday April 26, 2017 1:40pm - 2:00pm
035 Karpen Hall