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Education, Geographies of

  • By: Ranu Basu
  • In: Encyclopedia of Geography
  • Edited by: Barney Warf
  • Subject:General Geography, Earth & Environmental Science

Studies of geographies of education explore the complex interactions between education, space, and civil society. The topic is distinct from geographic education, which deals primarily with the teaching and learning of geography as a subject. In recent years a vibrant resurgence in this field has resulted in a growing body of work, theoretically and empirically dispersed within the discipline itself. Critical studies within this broader realm are concerned primarily with social justice, power relations, and structural inequities relating to or emanating from the educational system and have drawn on Marxist, feminist, and poststructuralist approaches to explore wide-ranging topics.

Educational spaces are imbued with multiple purposes and meanings, with the ideologies of the state and its corresponding discursive and material realities becoming discernible. As a lifelong learning ...

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