Chapter Eleven

Adult and Continuing Education and Social Policy

One of the features of any sociological analysis of a phenomenon is that it locates it within its wider social context and the social implications of its existence are analysed. Yet it is relatively rare in sociological studies of initial education to find social policy analysis. Indeed, it is often maintained by sociologists (Meighan 1981:370) that issues in social policy are not really their concern since they regard it as a matter of prescription but marxist sociologists do assume that sociological analysis is related to policy formation. However, policy is also a social phenomenon and as such it is open to the same type of analysis as is any other social phenomenon. But it is ...

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