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.

Democratic Socialism, Multiculturalism and the Third Way: Questions of Education

Democratic socialism, multiculturalism and the third way: Questions of education

The argument of the past two chapters has been that the way we understand education remains tied to our shared ideas of the good society. Further, how we imagine a good society is in turn dependent upon a number of cultural, sociological and normative features. Here I want to point to how a particular critical understanding of the possibilities of education has become undermined by the extension of neoliberalism. While the project for an educated and participatory society has a long historical lineage I have argued that it remains closely connected to notions of democracy or liberal socialism. We have already seen how the critical intervention ...

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