1st Edition

Handbook of Critical Approaches to Politics and Policy of Education

Edited By Kenneth J. Saltman, Nicole Nguyen Copyright 2022
    274 Pages
    by Routledge

    274 Pages
    by Routledge

    The Handbook of Critical Approaches to Politics and Policy of Education provides a broad overview of educational policy and politics from critical perspectives engaging with both foundational and cutting edge topics. In critical perspectives, educational policy debates and programs for reform are about more than narrow questions of efficacy say to raise test scores or for simply more educational inclusion, fairer school spending, or even cultural responsiveness.  Rather, policy and reform debates represent contested visions for schools and society by social groups vying for hegemony. Critical approaches to educational policy and politics see schooling and education more broadly as contested terrain in which competing visions for education are imbricated with the material and symbolic interests and cultural ideologies of different classes and cultural groups. 

    Chapters in this volume are organized into five sections. The first three sections provide a foundational overview to educational policy and politics, covering culture and politics of education, political economy of education, and subjectivity and education.  These chapters address longstanding and current policy and political debates as well as foundational theoretical debates.  The last two sections are organized around two themes that address some of the most significant recent directions of educational politics and policy: disaster politics and technology. 

    Introduction: Routledge Handbook of Critical Approaches to Politics and Policy of Education

    Kenneth J. Saltman and Nicole Nguyen


    Chapter 1: The Politics and Cultural Politics of Education

    Kenneth J. Saltman

    Chapter 2: The Centrality of Conscientization in Critical Pedagogy

    Donaldo Macedo

    Chapter 3: Democracy after Domination: Imagining Critical Education Beyond Capitalist Futures

    Noah DeLissovoy & Alex J. Armonda & Adam Martinez

    Chapter 4: Rising Authoritarianism, Populism and the Challenge of Educational Leadership

    Alexander Means & Kenneth J. Saltman

    Chapter 5: Critical Research Methodology: A Realist Approach

    Mark Garrison



    Chapter 6: Political Economy, Neoliberalism, and Corporate School Reform

    Kenneth J. Saltman

    Chapter 7: The Political Economy of Global Education Policy

    Francine Menashy & Caroline Manion

    Chapter 8: "Innovative" Educational Finance: The Role of Financial Capital in Shaping Schooling

    David I. Backer & Dan Cohen

    Chapter 9: The Political Economy of Immigration, Xenophobia, and Educational Language Policy

    Jason Goulah & Isabel Nuñez

    Chapter 10: Beyond the Neoliberal Crisis In Education: Educating For The Common Good

    David Hursh


    Chapter 11: "That is Who "We" Are": The "Public Secret:" Racial Violence/White Supremacy, Public Policy and Public Education

    Enora R. Brown

    Chapter 12: The Precarious Subject of Neoliberal Education: Resilient Life In The Catastrophic Conjuncture

    Graham B. Slater

    Chapter 13: Building Transformative Justice Communities: Why abolitionist work in schools is, and must always be, feminist

    Chrissy Hernandez, Farima Pour-Khorshid , Erica R. Meiners and Sheeva Sabati


    Chapter 14: Beyond Pandemic Politics in the Age of Fascist Politics

    Henry A. Giroux

    Chapter 15: Contested Terrain: School Militarism and the Battle for Hearts and Minds

    Scott Harding & Seth Kershner

    Chapter 16: Anthropocene, Education, and the Politics of Extinction

    Alexander J. Means



    Chapter 17: Transforming the Extractive Politics of STEM Education and CTE

    Daniel Morales-Doyle and Kenneth Booker

    Chapter 18: EdTech, Market Logics, And Pedagogic Containment: Critical Pedagogies For a Critical Moment

    Morgan Anderson

    Chapter 19: Confronting the Digital Leviathan in Education: On Cybernetic Pedagogy and Data-intensive Algorithmic Technologies

    Mark Garrison

    Chapter 20: Global Teacher Movements Contra EdTech: Taking on Inequality and Resisting Neoliberal Education Reforms in the Time of COVID

    Carol Anne Spreen & Lucas Cone




    Kenneth J. Saltman is Professor of Educational Policy Studies at the University of Illinois Chicago. His authored books include The Alienation of Fact: Digital Educational Privatization, AI, and the False Promise of Bodies and Numbers (MIT Press, 2022), The Swindle of Innovative Educational Finance (University of Minnesota Press, 2018), The Politics of Education: A Critical Introduction, 2nd Edition (Routledge, 2018), and Scripted Bodies: Corporate Power, Smart Technologies, and the Undoing of Public Education (Routledge, 2016).

    Nicole Nguyen is Associate Professor of Educational Policy Studies at the University of Illinois Chicago. She is author of Suspect Communities: Anti-Muslim Racism and the Domestic War on Terror (University of Minnesota Press, 2019) and A Curriculum of Fear: Homeland Security in US Public Schools (University of Minnesota Press, 2016).