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Praise for the book by John W. Meyer, Professor of Sociology, Emeritus, Stanford University.
“Education is often discussed as only a set of organized experiences for the young. This leaves out the enormous fact — central to David Baker’s impressive and comprehensive book — that education is deeply institutionalized in modern society, now at global levels. So student experiences are given great meaning, and are made significant for the whole life course. Further, those culturally-validated experiences, and the schooled programs in which they appear, are given central authority in society as a whole, and have direct consequences for evolving occupational and social structures everywhere. Baker spells out the origins and development of this system, and analyzes its societal consequences, in this dramatic and wide-ranging book, which will be significant for students and scholars across the range of the social sciences.”
– John W. Meyer, Professor of Sociology, Emeritus, Stanford University