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.

Cultural Citizenship, Education and Democracy: Redefining the Good Society
Cultural citizenship, education and democracy: Redefining the good society

If there is no understanding of the meanings and practices of education outside of debates about the good society then how are we to proceed? Here I want to look at a conflict that has taken place within modern liberal thinking about the ‘right’ and the ‘good’. On one side of the argument is the view that modern citizens should not be socialised into what are called ‘comprehensive doctrines’. John Rawls (1996) argues that it is basically illiberal to expect citizens to uphold similar views on a plurality of perspectives. A liberal and tolerant society could expect to contain a number of different religions, ethnicities, political convictions and ...

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