Type
Article
Title
Elite education and the State in France: durable ties and new challenges
In
British Journal of Sociology
Author(s)
VAN ZANTEN Agnès - Observatoire sociologique du changement (Author)
MAXWELL Claire - Institute of Education, UK (Author)
Editor
GB : Wiley-Blackwell
Volume
36
Number
1
Pages
71 - 94 p.
ISSN
00071315
Keywords
State legitimacy, Meritocracy, Elite education, Educational policy
Abstract
EN
Employing a Weberian understanding of the centrality of a strong bureaucracy in the modern nation-state, this article examines the relationship between the state and elite education in France. Through a historical analysis and an examination of two current issues facing education – widening participation and pressures to internationalise – we illustrate how the legitimacy of the administrative and political establishments, as well as the status granted to elite education tracks, has been largely preserved. Furthermore, dominant social classes have actively played a role in this alliance, thereby limiting the circle of eligible individuals who can aspire to future elite positions.

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