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Rethinking the Politics of Education

ISBN 9781138057647
Published May 11, 2022 by Routledge
238 Pages

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Book Description

Rethinking the Politics of Education provides an entirely original rethinking of the modern and contemporary mythology of education. Problematizing the ideas concerning education as fulfilment and redemption, the book critically reviews the association of education with projects of social justice, democracy and improvement.

This book argues for a fundamental rethinking of what education is, exploring how things stand with education and educational apparatuses in the contemporary world. It examines relations between educational discourses and their implied ontological stances and offers new ways of thinking that draw on ontological positions from psychoanalytical, philosophical and social discourses. The book contends that education is an essential form of politics and must be understood through a careful examination of its history modes of operation and its basic structures, rather than an idealized version of what it might be.

Presenting an original and alternative account of a theoretically informed political ontology of education, the book will be of great interest to academics, researchers and postgraduate students interested in the philosophy of education, the politics of education, educational theory and the sociology of education.

Table of Contents



Chapter 1: What is Politics?

Chapter 2: Dimensions of the Politics of Education 1

Chapter 3: Dimensions of the Politics of Education 2

Chapter 4: An Historical Ontology of Education

Chapter 5: Apparatus

Chapter 6: The Politics of Knowledge in Our Time

Chapter 7: Education and the Politics of the Self

Chapter 8: The World of Education

Chapter 9: The Politics of Sovereignty

Chapter 10: Conclusion: Education After the Death of God

23 Theses for Rethinking the Politics of Education

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Nick Peim is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Birmingham, UK.