This Special Issue will represent new leading international sociological work on the nature of social inequalities and constructions of aspiration in and through higher education in a global context.
Universities jostle for global rankings and world-class status, reflecting institutional, regional and international aspirations, yet inviting us to rethink the role of higher education. In a growing range of national and international contexts, massification of higher education has led to under- and unemployment where the number of graduates outstrips the demands of graduate labour markets. Elsewhere, emerging higher education sectors look to learn from more established systems. There is inequitable access to global employment markets in relation to individual social background as well as by geo-political positioning leading to the entrenchment of multiple social inequalities. It is therefore timely to question the role of higher education in society and to problematize the positioning of higher education as a means of promoting social and/or geographical mobility.
We are seeking contributions that sociologically analyse social inequalities in and through higher education. We particularly welcome intersectional approaches to understanding social inequalities and issues of structure and agency in relation to aspiration and future orientations. We wish to examine individual, institutional and international contexts in the framings of aspiration and implications for the pursuit of social justice through higher education.
We are looking to critique dominant views on the role of higher education which are focused on a human capital imperative centred around career status and salary. We invite contributors to question hegemonic discourses of aspiration related to careers and educational achievement.
Papers can address any national, transnational or international context, with relevance to the international readership of ISSE. Papers may range from policy perspectives to theoretical and empirical works addressing significant ideas and practices that will resonate with a wide international readership.
Instructions for Submissions
International Studies in Sociology of Education invite authors to discuss proposed papers with the editors by submitting a 250 word abstract by 15 July 2017.
Full manuscripts should be submitted via ISSE’s online submission system by 15 January 2018.
Visit the ISSE website for information about preparing and submitting manuscripts.
Please direct submissions enquiries to the Guest Editors: