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Schooling and the Politics of Disaster

1st Edition

Edited by Kenneth J. Saltman


304 pages

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Schooling and the Politics of Disaster is the first volume to address how disaster is being used for a radical social and economic reengineering of education. From the natural disasters of the Asian tsunami and the hurricanes in the Gulf Coast, to the human-made disasters in Iraq, Afghanistan, Haiti, Sudan, Indonesia, the United States and around the globe, disaster is increasingly shaping policy and politics. This groundbreaking collection explores how education policy is being reshaped by disaster politics. Noted scholars in education and sociology tackle issues as far-ranging as No Child Left Behind, the War on Terror, Hurricane Katrina, the making of educational funding crises in the US, and the Iraq War to bring to light a disturbing new phenonmemon in educational policy.


"I wanted to discuss the book with my colleagues, professors, and classmates. This desire is the mark of a successful book―engaging, thought provoking, and forthright enough in its message to engender discussion."--Lenay Dunn, Education Review (January 2010)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Schooling and the Politics of Disaster Kenneth J. Saltman Section 1: Theorizing the Politics of Disaster 1. Reading the Signs: A Philosophical Look at Disaster Jane Anna Gordon and Lewis R. Gordon 2. Hurricane Katrina and the Politics of Disposability: Floating Bodies and Expendable Populations Henry A. Giroux 3. Katrina and the Banshee’s Wail: The Racialization of Class Exploitation Peter McLaren and Nathalia E. Jaramillo 4. Feasting on Disaster: Urban Schooling, Globalization, and the Politics of Disaster Pauline Lipman Section 2: Disaster and Educational Policy 5. Benign Neglect? Drowning Yellow Buses, Racism, and Disinvestment in the City That Bush Forgot Kristen L. Buras 6. The Quiet Disaster of No Child Left Behind: Standardization and Deracialization Breed Inequality Enora R. Brown 7. No Corporation Left Behind Pepi Leistyna 8. The Schools Are Failing: Think Tanks, Institutes, Foundations and Educational Disaster Philip Kovacs 9. Disaster Politics and the Right Wing Assault on Public Schooling and Public Space, A Dialogue Between Bill Ayers and Mike Klonsky 10. The Patriotic Prejudice: 9-11 on Campus David Gabbard Section 3: Disaster and Global Implications 11. Beyond Cheap French Fries:Remembering The Social In Social Disaster Michael W. Apple 12. The Independent Women's Forum: Teaching Women’s Rights in "The New Iraq" Robin Truth Goodman 13. U.S. Education In A Post-9/11 World: The Deeper Implications of the Current Systemic Collapse of the Neoliberal Regime Greg Tanaka 14. The Politicisation of Development Aid to Education After September 11 Mario Novelli and Susan Robertson 15. The Potential Disaster of Education for Sustainable Development Richard Kahn

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Educational Policy & Reform / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / Urban