Moral attitudes of youth in the UK: bringing morality back to the sociology of education

William Baker*

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Abstract

This paper argues that the sociology of education would benefit from greater integration with social scientific research focused on morality. This body of research offers a rich set of resources that can illuminate and extend many of the sociology of education’s intellectual concerns. In support of this argument, the paper draws on data from Millennium Cohort Study in the UK to empirically examine how a wide range of socio-demographic characteristics are related to young people’s moral attitudes. The analysis focuses on the extent to which adolescents state that a range of actions are wrong. In doing so, the paper makes an important contribution to studying the moral lives of young people.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages17
JournalBritish Journal of Sociology of Education
Early online date13 Jul 2020
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 13 Jul 2020

Keywords

  • youth
  • morality
  • sociology of education
  • social theory

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