LLAKES Double Book Launch


Date: Thursday 12 December 2019
Time: 5pm – 7pm
Venue: Room W2.06, IOE main building (20 Bedford Way)

Booking: If you are interested in attending this event, please email 

Bryony Hoskins and Jan Germen Janmaat: Education, Democracy and Inequality: Political Engagement, and Citizenship Education in Europe. Palgrave

This book posits that national education systems are enhancing socioeconomic inequalities in political engagement. While the democratic ideal is social equality in political engagement, the authors demonstrate that the English education system is recreating and enhancing entrenched democratic inequalities: among European countries. In Europe, the UK has the strongest correlation between social background and voting behaviours. Examining the role of the school and the education system in the potential reproduction of these inequalities, the authors draw upon the theories of Bourdieu and Bernstein and compare the English school system to other European countries to analyse barriers that are put along the way to political engagement. In times of political disaffection, frustration and polarisation, it is particularly important to uncover why young people from disadvantaged backgrounds are less likely to engage politically, and to help inspire future generations to use their voice. This timely book will be of interest and value to students and scholars of educational inequality and political engagement.

Pauline Leonard and Rachel J. Wilde: Getting In and Getting On In the Youth Labour Market: Governing Young People’s Employability in Regional Context. Bristol University Press

Based on up to date qualitative and ethnographic research, this book examines youth education-to-work transitions in the UK. Using the theoretical lens of a Foucauldian governmentality approach, the authors consider the ‘why’ and the ‘how’ of youth employability training and demonstrate how different employability schemes planned and operationalised in diverse geographical and economic landscapes work in practice. The book examines and compares a range of employability entry route programmes and reveals the tension between employability and good quality employment, and the ways in which young people from varying social and regional backgrounds are positioned very differently within this. “The book takes an impressive holistic approach to employability programmes, from young people and employers’ perspectives to how geography and class influence outcomes. It is a fascinating and enjoyable read!” (Dr Emily Rainsford, Newcastle University).


Bryony Hoskins is a Professor of Comparative Social Science at the University of Roehampton, UK. She is an internationally renowned scholar who has conducted ground-breaking research in the field of measuring Active Citizenship, Civic Competence and the learning of Political Engagement. She regularly contributes to policy on Citizenship for UNICEF, UNSECO, EC, CoE and OECD.

Jan Germen Janmaat is Reader in Comparative Social Science at the UCL Institute of Education, UK. He is interested in the ways in which education, broadly conceived, can promote civic values and social cohesion. He has published on these topics in a wide variety of journals. Currently he is co-editor of Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education.

Pauline Leonard FAcSS, FRSA, is Professor of Sociology, Director of the Work Futures Research Centre and Co-Director of the Web Science Institute at the University of Southampton. She has longstanding research interests in diversity and work, and how gender, race, class and age impact on careers and opportunities.

Rachel J. Wilde is a social anthropologist and Lecturer in Education at the Institute of Education, University College London. Her research interests include work, organizations, young people, and volunteering.