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Knowledge, Power, and Education

The Selected Works of Michael W. Apple

Edited by Michael W. Apple

© 2013 – Routledge

288 pages

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For more than three decades, Michael W. Apple has sought to uncover and articulate the connections among knowledge, teaching, and power in education. His germinal Ideology and Curriculum was a watershed title in critical education studies, and has remained in print since its publication in 1979. The more than two dozen books and hundreds of papers, articles, and chapters published since have likewise all contributed to a greater understanding of the relationship between and among the economy, political, and cultural power in society on the one hand "and the ways in which education is thought about, organized, and evaluated" on the other.

In this collection, Apple brings together 13 of his key writings in one place, providing an overview not just of his own career, but of the larger development of the field. A new introduction re- examines the scope of his work and his earlier arguments, and reflects on what remains to be done for those committed to critical education.


"…these books (Can Education Change Society? and Knowledge, Power, and Education) together reminds us that all our individual and local counter-hegemonic efforts in our own colleges, departments, and home communities need to reach out to similar and more regional and national movements. It is the only through such efforts of counter-hegemonic extension that "decentered unities"� are formed and Badiouian events occur. Although Badiouian events appear to happen suddenly and out of nowhere, in fact they typically follow years and decades (sometime centuries) of counter-hegemonic struggle.Apple's body of work, generally, and his most recent two books in particular, are a reminder and guide to the "realization of the importance of understanding the connections amoung intersecting power relations and working toward the long-term goals involved in building [what Williams called] 'the long revolution'" - Hans G Despain, Nichols College Massachusetts, Marx & Philosophy Review of Books

Table of Contents


On Being a Scholar/Activist: An Introduction to Knowledge, Power, and Education


On Analyzing Hegemony


Commonsense Categories and the Politics of Labeling


Seeing Education Relationally: The Stratification of Culture and People in the Sociology of School Knowledge (with Lois Weis)


Curricular Form and the Logic of Technical Control: Commodification Returns


Controlling the Work of Teachers


The Other Side of the Hidden Curriculum: Culture as Lived


The Culture and Commerce of the Textbook


Cultural Politics and the Text


Consuming the Other: Whiteness, Education, and Cheap French Fries


The Politics of Official Knowledge: Does a National Curriculum Make Sense?


Producing Inequalities: Conservative Modernization in Policy and Practice


We Are the New Oppressed: Gender, Culture, and the Work of Home Schooling


Global Crises, Social Justice, and Teacher Education

About the Editor

Michael W. Apple is the John Bascom Professor of Curriuclum and Instruction and Educational Policy Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA.

About the Series

World Library of Educationalists

The World Library of Educationalists celebrates the important contributions to education made by leading experts in their individual fields of study. Each scholar has compiled a career-long collection of what they consider to be their finest pieces: extracts from books, journals, articles, major theoretical and practical contributions, and salient research findings.

For the first time ever the work of each contributor is presented in a single volume so readers can follow the themes and progress of their work and identify the contributions made to, and the development of, the fields themselves.

The distinguished careers of the selected experts span at least two decades and include Richard Aldrich, Stephen J. Ball, Elliot W. Eisner, John Elliott, Howard Gardner, John Gilbert, Ivor F. Goodson, David Hargreaves, David Labaree and E.C. Wragg.

Each book in the series features a specially written introduction by the contributor giving an overview of their career, contextualizing their selection within the development of the field, and showing how their own thinking developed over time.

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