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Deschooling Society: Ivan Illich

In education, Ivan Illich (1926–2002) is closely tied to his most famous book Deschooling Society. This book not only featured a radical critique of modern education institutions that were undergoing unprecedented expansion in the 1970s but also offered a set of proposals or guidelines for anyone intent on creating a world without schools. Furthermore, in this book, Illich experimented with a new critical study of educational institutions. He considered that beyond the rituals of schooling and the culture of social reproduction that fed the schools, a justificatory and legitimizing discourse could be discerned. Illich placed this discourse into the context of the U.S.-driven developmentalist policies of the second half of the 20th century. In an environment of deep systemic restructuring happening worldwide, the idea of ...

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