Wasteland revisited: defining an agenda for a sociology of education and migration

Halleli Pinson, Madeleine Arnot

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In 2007, we argued that, when it comes to sociology of education, the lives and education of refugee children were invisible. Sociology of education was ‘a wasteland’ as far as studies of the social effects of migration were concerned. Here, we revisit this argument exploring whether education and migration has been developed into a viable specialism in the discipline, and whether one of the great societal challenges of our age is being addressed. Examining the work published on migration and education since 2005 in BJSE, we see that the majority of studies focus on the global mobility of students and on school experiences of migrant children. While these are valuable foci, what is missing is a more extensive consideration of how ‘the age of migration’ and the characteristics of global migration in the 21st century challenge the values, the policies and practices associated with state education institutions and social order.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)830-844
Number of pages15
JournalBritish Journal of Sociology of Education
Issue number6
StatePublished - 17 Aug 2020


  • Migration
  • globalisation
  • sociology of education

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education
  • Sociology and Political Science


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