This dynamic, energetic book systematically brings together the major developments in the social and political theory of education. It offers a global introduction to the major debates within the field and provides a sustained argument for a democratic and normative view of education. It provides a comprehensive view of the major disputes within social, cultural and political approaches to education. Drawing upon varied critical traditions the book helpfully connects these diverse threads of debate whilst exploring the work of key theorists. Areas explored include: • democratic notions of education, • cosmopolitanism, • multiculturalism, • pragmaticism, • critical pedagogy, • democratic socialism • liberalism Clearly written and passionately argued this book will be essential reading for all those interested in exploring education's changing place in society.