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.

Education in the Consumer and Information Age
Education in the consumer and information age

What are the implications for education of living in a consumerist and information-based society? In the previous chapter we looked at how the rise of a mass consumer culture and ecological questions pose problems for a liberal and democratic approach to education. Might the same be said about the arrival of the information age or knowledge economy? This is significant in terms of the argumentative strategy of this book as most of the critical paradigms in respect of education were developed before the full emergence of this society. If the 1950s and 1960s saw the development of a new phase of capitalism due to the emphasis placed upon the stimulation of new ...

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