Social Difference and Antagonism With in the 16-19 Core Curriculum

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The paper considers models of the core curriculum, which it argues are inadequate as their understanding of social difference is truncated. Although these models recognise difference this is located within a pluralist framework and is implicitly viewed as an impediment that hinders equal opportunities. The effect is to normalise the white, male middle class subject and to ignore social antagonism. Skill in the core curriculum becomes technicised, and a differentiated and segmented curriculum is left in place.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)361-373
Number of pages13
JournalBritish Journal of Sociology of Education
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1992
Externally publishedYes


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