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Handbook of Critical Approaches to Politics and Policy of Education

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April 28, 2022 Forthcoming by Routledge
304 Pages

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Book Description

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. 

Table of Contents

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



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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).