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Nancy Fraser, Social Justice and Education

ISBN 9781138391949
Published June 3, 2019 by Routledge
196 Pages

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Book Description

The American scholar and activist Nancy Fraser has written about a wide range of issues in social and political theory, and is well-known for her philosophical perspectives on democratic theory and on feminist theory. Her work on justice and identity politics has been particularly widely cited, and she has also been active in developing a ‘feminism for the 99%’. Although education has not been a direct focus for much of her work, her thinking has been widely disseminated within the critical study of education. This volume illustrates the way in which education researchers have taken up and developed Fraser’s theories in the areas of alternative education, higher education, inclusion and disability, and the effects of neoliberalism upon public (state) education, as they ask how social justice within the education system can be enhanced. These insightful essays cover a range of countries and topics, as the authors work with Fraser’s concepts, to argue for the development of a more equitable education system. The chapters in this book were originally published as articles in Taylor and Francis journals.

Table of Contents


Carol Vincent

1. Conceptualizing social justice in education: mapping the territory

Sharon Gewirtz

2. Equality, Recognition and the Distributive Paradigm

Chris Armstrong

3. Schooling and social justice through the lenses of Nancy Fraser

Amanda Keddie

4. The scholarship of teaching and learning from a social justice perspective

Brenda Leibowitz and Vivienne Bozalek

5. Beyond the binary: rethinking teachers’ understandings of and engagement with inclusion

Stuart Woodcock and Ian Hardy

6. Education markets, the new politics of recognition and the increasing fatalism towards inequality

Sally Power and Daniel Frandji

7. Alternative education and social justice: considering issues of affective and contributive justice

Martin Mills, Glenda McGregor, Aspa Baroutsis, Kitty Te Riele and Debra Hayes

8. The political economy of language education research (or the lack thereof): Nancy Fraser and the case of translanguaging

David Block

9. Mixed-income schools and housing: advancing the neoliberal urban agenda

Pauline Lipman

10. Public education in neoliberal times: memory and desire

Jessica Gerrard

11. Considering Nancy Fraser’s Notion of Social Justice for Social Work: Reflections on Misframing and the Lives of Refugees in South Africa

Dorothee Hölscher

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Carol Vincent is a Professor of Sociology of Education at UCL Institute of Education, UK. She has written and researched extensively about the relationship between families and the education system, education policy, and responses to social and ethnic diversity. Her most recent book is Friendship and Diversity, (2018, with Sarah Neal and Humera Iqbal).