An Ideological Dispute: Accusations of Marxist Bias in the Sociology of Education During the 1970s

Hammersley, Martyn (2016). An Ideological Dispute: Accusations of Marxist Bias in the Sociology of Education During the 1970s. Contemporary British History, 30(2) pp. 242–259.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/13619462.2015.1112275

Abstract

This article is concerned with a national dispute that took place in Britain in the second half of the 1970s, concerned with ‘Marxist bias’ in an Open University sociology of education course. The background to the dispute is outlined in terms of generational changes in political perspectives and the clashes produced. The events of the dispute are described, along with the arguments on both sides. The conclusion considers the broader implications of this dispute in the light of subsequent events.

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