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Codes and Control - Volume I: Theoretical Studies Towards of Sociology of Language

Bernstein, Basil; Basil Bernstein

ISBN 10: 0586080759 / ISBN 13: 9780586080757
Published by Paladin, London, 1973
Condition: Very Good Soft cover
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Title: Codes and Control - Volume I: Theoretical ...

Publisher: Paladin, London

Publication Date: 1973

Binding: Mass Market Paperback

Book Condition: Very Good

Edition: Published in 1973/Volume 1

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Basil Bernstein rarely had a good press in the forty-odd years in which he presented his developing theories to the public. Early admiration for his sociolinguistic 'discoveries' - of codes which regulate, at a deep-structural level, family beliefs and behaviours and relationships, as well as surface utterances - turned quite quickly into a suspicion that his description of social class difference amounted to a declaration of working class deficit. Although Bernstein's writings, particularly in the 1990s, became opaque to the point of seeming to be purposefully obscurantist, they have always been enlivened by clear, pithy and punchy statements which left no room for ambiguity about the case he was making. The struggle to achieve an education system which would offer genuinely equal opportunities to children from all class and cultural backgrounds continued to underpin the writing and teaching of his later years.

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"This collection demonstrates the magnitude of Bernstein's pioneering contribution to socio-linguistic studies" - S. John Eggleston, Times Educational Supplement

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