This text summarises structural, reproduction and resistance theories of education, and provides a social research approach to problems of social inequity. It analyses how these perspectives contribute to the political analysis of the production of early school departures and poverty.
G. HONOR FAGAN, a native of Ireland, completed her graduate studies in education at Miami University in Ohio. After leaving her lecturing post in sociology at the University of Ulster, she has taken a position as sociology lecturer at the University of Durban-Westville in South Africa. She is the coeditor of Gendered Narratives, Aspects of Cultural Identity in Ireland (1995).