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Description - Cultural History and Education by Thomas Popkewitz

This volume brings together a group of leading scholars in the study of the cultural history of education. These scholars, whose work represents a variety of national contexts from throughout Europe, Latin America, and North America, contribute to a growing body of work that seeks to re-think historical studies in education by integrating the study of knowledge systems, otherwise known as "discourses" into traditional intellectual history. The articles included investigate how these discourses "construct, shape, coordinate, and constitute social practices through which individuals reason about their participation and identity", in the words of Popkewitz. The collection challenges the field of historical studies in education to move away from the historicism that still dominates it, and thus introduces new ways to think about the politics of knowledge and the problems of change and reform in education. By understanding how knowledge gives rise to particular constructs of "the child", "the teacher", "the school" and "the community", the essays open up space for critique and other possibilities of action. The essays are divided into three sections. The first is an introductory chapter written by the editors that explores the contributions of cultural history to the study of education. The second section examines the construction of historical narratives by exploring traditions of research in Europe and the Americas. Finally, the third section offers case studies of education that demonstrate how these approaches can be deployed and examines the relationship between knowledge and power.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780415928069
ISBN-10: 0415928060
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x mm)
Pages: 384
Imprint: Routledge Member of the Taylor and Francis Group
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 21-Mar-2001
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Thomas Popkewitz

Thomas Popkewitz teaches at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Barry Franklin at the University of Michigan-Flint, and Miguel Pereyra at University of Granada.

Books By Thomas Popkewitz

Cultural History and Education by Thomas Popkewitz
Hardback, March 2001