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Marie Brennan & Susan E. Noffke

In: The SAGE Handbook of Educational Action Research

Chapter 35: Social-Political Theory in Working with Teachers for Social Justice Schooling

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Social-Political Theory in Working with Teachers for Social Justice Schooling
Social-political theory in working with teachers for social justice schooling
MarieBrennan and Susan E.Noffke

Social theory and political theory, in particular, has not surprisingly been in ferment in past decades, as the changing ‘flows’ (Appadurai, 1990) of people, finance, media, information, cultural forms and information are felt in even remote parts of this globe we call ‘earth’. Various explanations of changed lived experience pay attention to inter-dependence of various ‘locals’ and to the power at work there (Appadurai, 1996; Bauman, 1998; Popkewitz and Brennan, 1997), including in government operations and other forms of ‘governmentality’ (Foucault, 1991). New institutional forms and practices emerge and participants in them need resources with which to think and to explain to themselves ...

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