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BERNSTEIN, Bernard Basil (1924-2000)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0366 BB
Held at: Institute of Education
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Full title: BERNSTEIN, Bernard Basil (1924-2000)
Date(s): [1950-1990]
Level of description: collection
Extent: 25 boxes; 4 lever arch files
Name of creator(s): Bernstein | Bernard Basil | 1924-2000 | sociologist
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Administrative/Biographical history:

Bernard Basil Bernstein (1924-2000) was educated at Christ's College, Finchley, London. After serving in the RAF during World War Two, he went on to study sociology at the London School of Economics, graduating in 1951. Meanwhile he also undertook social work, being a resident Settlement Worker at the Bernard Baron Settlement in Stepney, London, from 1947-1949, where he undertook family case work, youth club work, community organisation and participated in 'delinquent camps'. He went on to train as a teacher at Westminster Training College (1953-1954) and then taught a range of subjects at the City Day College, Golden Lane (1954-1960), becoming a Research Assistant at University College London (1960-1963) and obtaining a PhD from the University of London in 1963. From 1962 to 1967 Bernstein was a Reader in the Sociology of Education at the University of London Institute of Education, being Head of the Sociological Research Unit from 1962 and Professor in the Sociology of Education from 1967. From 1979 he was the Karl Mannheim Professor in the Sociology of Education at the Institute and from 1984 was Senior Pro-Director and Pro-Director Research. After his retirement in 1991 Bernsetin became an Emeritus Professor. He held honorary degrees from several different universities. Bernstein was influential in the field of socio-linguistics. His published works, in particular the five volumes of the series on Class, Codes and Control, have become classics in the field.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Professor Bernard Basil Bernstein from the 1950s and 1960s include: notes; lecture notes; published and unpublished papers; research grant applications; a small amount of correspondence; and personalia, including certificates. Later papers (from c1980 onwards) consist of correspondence with colleagues and students worldwide about research and other matters; files relating to research proposals and the administration of research and teaching at the Institute of Education; offprints of published articles and unpublished papers by Bernstein and others.

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Open, subject to signature of Reader Application Form. There is some personal data in the collection, and this is closed.

Conditions governing reproduction:

A reader wishing to publish any quotation of information, including pictorial, derived from any archive material must apply in writing for prior permission from the Librarian or other appropriate person(s) as indicated by the Archivist. A limited number of photocopies may be supplied at the discretion of the Archivist.

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Archival Information

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Immediate source of acquisition:

A small amount of the material was given by Bernstein's family. The majority was transferred from his office at the Institute of Education in 2000.

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Created 17/8/1999, modified 12/5/2003

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