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About the SeriesThe SAGE Key Concepts series provides students with accessible and authoritative knowledge of the essential topics in a variety of disciplines. Cross-referenced throughout, the format encourages critical evaluation through understanding. Written by experienced and respected academics, the books are indispensable study aids and guides to comprehension.Key Concepts in Education provides students with over 100 essential themes, topics and expressions that Education students are likely to encounter, both during their courses and beyond in professional practice. Co-authored to draw on experiences of working within academia, local authorities and the classroom, the entries provide:a definition of the concepta description of the historical and practical contextan explanation of how the concept is appliedan evaluation of the concepthelpful references and suggested further readingThis book will be essential reading for students of Education, and an invaluable reference tool for their professional careers. About the AuthorsFred Inglis is Emeritus Professor of Cultural Studies, University of Sheffield. Lesley Aers is a senior member of a local authority school improvement service and an Ofsted inspector. Both authors are former schoolteachers.  


As noted in the entry on individual, ‘person’ is one of a set of terms for designating various versions of the social human being. Others include ‘character’ and ‘self’ as well as ‘individual’ in the most general categories, and a collection of other such individuations including ‘genius’, ‘saint’, ‘lunatic’, ‘soul’, ‘ghost’ and countless others, all of which are, so to speak, extra-social, that is they personalise human beings in ways which take no account of social roles or occupations such as parent, criminal, footballer or vicar.

Whereas a character has attributes and perhaps integrity, a ‘person’ signifies only another human being, although one with the rights and unignorable presence and actuality of all human beings, therefore never to be treated as disposable or as a ...

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