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, Hope and the Politics of Fear: The Resilience of Democracy and Cultural Citizenship

Education, Hope and the Politics of Fear: The Resilience of Democracy and Cultural Citizenship

Education, hope and the politics of fear: The resilience of democracy and cultural citizenship

That the world post-9/11 is entering into a new phase has become increasingly apparent to many. The challenges of fundamentalism, war, religious hatred and intolerance, corporate power, increasing inequality, widespread consumerism, financial collapse and ecological devastation all suggest a new educative politics. Previous generations of critical educationalists, including Hannah Arendt, Martin Buber, John Dewey, Paulo Freire, Jürgen Habermas, Richard Hoggart and Raymond Williams, have offered ethical visions that connected the moral development of the self, the idea of education as a public space, and the need to develop critical and democratic citizens. These visions are still urgently needed ...

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