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The Political Construction of Mass Schooling: European Origins and Worldwide Institutionalization
Francisco O. Ramirez and John Boli
Sociology of Education
Vol. 60, No. 1 (Jan., 1987), pp. 2-17
Published by: American Sociological Association
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2112615
Page Count: 16
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This paper examines the origins of state educational systems in Europe in the nineteenth century and the institutionalization of mass education throughout the world in the twentieth century. We offer a theoretical interpretation of mass state-sponsored schooling that emphasizes the role of education in the nation-building efforts of states competing with one another within the European interstate system. We show that political, economic, and cultural developments in Europe led to a model of the legitimate national society that became highly institutionalized in the European (and later, world) cultural frame. This model made the construction of a mass educational system a major and indispensable component of every modern state's activity. We discuss the usefulness of this perspective for understanding recent cross-national studies of education.
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