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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.  


It is sometimes said that the political arena has been swept bare of any agreed-upon concepts other than rights. The United Nations Charter of Universal Human Rights is nowadays taken as the measure of the just society, and justice has been situated as the paramount political value ever since Plato put it there 2,500 years ago. These rights derive strongly from the American Declaration of Independence in 1776 which ‘held these truths to be self-evident’ and assigned rights to ‘life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness’ to all men (if not women or slaves). Since then, the roster of rights has assumed a strong and secure form in all national constitutions and in the ordinary conversation of the culture.

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