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A. H. Halsey

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Gender Male
Age 99
Death8 years ago
Date of birth April 13,1923
Zodiac sign Aries
Born Kentish Town
Date of died October 14,2014
Job Sociologist

Change in British society
Origins and Destinations: Family, Class, and Education in Modern Britain
A history of sociology in Britain
Decline of donnish dominion
No discouragement
Education, economy, and society
Heredity & Environment
Academic freedom and the idea of a university
Democracy in Crisis? Ethical Socialism for a Prosperous Country
Essays on the Evolution of Oxford and Nuffield College
Family and Community Socialism
Higher Education: Minutes of Evidence Tuesday 18 July 2000
No Discouragement: An Autobiography
Origins and Destinations: Family, Class, and Education in Modern Britain
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A. H. Halsey Life story


Albert Henry 'Chelly' Halsey was a British sociologist. He was Emeritus Professor of Social and Administrative Studies at the Department of Social Policy and Intervention, University of Oxford, and a Fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford.

Albert Henry 'Chelly' Halsey (13 April 1923 – 14 October 2014) was a British sociologist. He was Emeritus Professor of Social and Administrative Studies at the Department of Social Policy and Intervention, University of Oxford, and a Fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford.

Halsey 'worked in what he called the "political arithmetic" tradition throughout his career, with the dual tasks of documenting the state of society, and addressing social and political issues through "experimental social administration"'He presented the BBC's annual Reith Lectures in 1978.

Education


Halsey was an adviser for Anthony Crosland; and on education played an '"activist" role in policy development in the UK and internationally, through his work on educational reform...and as research adviser to Crosland at the DES with the introduction of comprehensive schooling in the UK'.Generally accepted has been 'A. H. Halsey's assertion that in capitalist industrial societies "It is inevitable that the educational system should come into close relationship with the economy."'

Social consensus


'Halsey's creed of "ethical socialism" springs from a lasting Anglican belief. His background was not just working class, but respectable working class'.Despite a hankering for social consensus in Britain, "as Halsey confesses, such a consensus became more difficult to sustain as the twentieth century proceeded; unfortunately the 'bases of social integration in Christian belief, national and imperial success, localised kinship and collective self-help institutions...were all to decay.'"

The Reith Lectures


In 1978 the BBC invited Halsey to present its annual Reith Lectures. Across a series of six radio lectures, titled "Change in British Society" he explored a sociological perspective on contemporary Britain. The lectures examined topics such as class, status, the rise of organisations, the nuclear family and fraternity.

Selected works by Halsey


Education, Economy, and Society: A Reader in the Sociology of Education (1961)

Trends in British Society since 1900: A Guide to the Changing Social Structure of Britain (1972)

Heredity and Environment (1977)

Change in British Society BBC Reith Lectures (1978)

Decline of Donnish Dominion: The British Academic Professions in the Twentieth Century (1992)

No Discouragement: An Autobiography (1996)

A History of Sociology in Britain (2004, Oxford University Press)

Selected works co-authored by Halsey and others


The British Academics (1971), co-authored with Martin A. Trow

Social Class and Educational Opportunity (1973), co-authored with J. E. Floud and F. M. Martin

Power and Ideology in Education (1977), co-authored with Jerome Karabel

Twentieth-Century British Social Trends (2000), co-authored with Josephine Webb

Further reading


Colin Crouch, A. F. Heath (editors) (1992) Social research and social reform: essays in honour of A. H. Halsey

See also


Sociology of sociology

References


External links


BBC Radio 4: Change in British Society

Podcast: Reith Lectures Archive 1976 - 2010

THES article

Article in The Spectator

Appearance on Desert Island Discs 4 May 2003

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