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Spatial Theories of Education

Policy and Geography Matters, 1st Edition

Edited by Kalervo N. Gulson, Colin Symes


290 pages | 17 B/W Illus.

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This collection of original work, within the sociology of education, draws on the 'spatial turn' in contemporary social theory.

The premise of this book is that drawing on theories of space allows for a more sophisticated understanding of the competing rationalities underlying educational policy change, social inequality and cultural practices. The contributors work a spatial dimension into the consideration of educational phenomena and illustrate its explanatory potential in a range of domains: urban renewal, globalisation, race, markets and school choice, suburbanisation, regional and rural settings, and youth and student culture.

Table of Contents

1. Knowing One’s Place: Educational Theory, Policy, and the Spatial Turn Kalervo N. Gulson and Colin Symes 2. The Spatial Politics of Educational Privatization: Re-reading the US Homeschooling Movement Claudia Hanson Thiem 3. Mobilizing Space Discourses: Politics and Educational Policy Change Kalervo N. Gulson 4. Space, Equity and Rural Education: A ‘Trialectical’ Account Bill Green and Will Letts 5. GIS and School Choice: The Use of Spatial Research Tools in Studying Educational Policy Chris Taylor 6. Disability, Education and Space: Some Critical Reflections Felicity Armstrong 7. Working the In/visible Geographies of School Exclusion Pat Thomson 8. Warehousing Young People in Urban Canadian Schools: Gender, Peer Rivalry and Spatial Containment Jo-Anne Dillabough, Jacqueline Kennelly and Eugenia Wang 9. Education and the Spatialization of Urban Inequality: A Case Study of Chicago’s Renaissance 2010 Pauline Lipman 10. On the Right Track: Railways and Schools in Late Nineteenth Century of Sydney Colin Symes 11. Student Mobility and the Spatial Production of Cosmopolitan Identities Michael Singh, Fazal Rizvi and Mona Shrestha 12. Public-Private Partnerships, Digital Firms and the Production of a Neoliberal Education Space at the European Scale Susan Robertson 13. Deparochializing the Study of Education: Globalization and the Research Imagination Bob Lingard 14. Trade Unions, Strategic Pedagogy and New Spaces of Engagement: Counterknowledge Economy Insights from Columbia Mario Novelli

About the Editors

Kalervo N. Gulson is a lecturer in Educational Studies in the Faculty of Education, Charles Sturt University, Australia. He is on the editorial board of Race, Ethnicity and Education, and on the editorial advisory board of Critical Studies in Education (previously Melbourne Studies in Education). His research employs spatial theories to explore the interplay of urban change, education policy and identity/subjectivity. He has published in journals such as Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education and Journal of Education Policy.

Colin Symes lectures in the School of Education at Macquarie University. He is a co-editor of the Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education. His book Setting the Record Straight: A Material History of Classical Music, published by Wesleyan University Press, was a recipient in 2005 of a Deems Taylor Award from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. Recent articles of his have appeared in Teaching in Higher Education, British Journal of Music Education, Popular Music and Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education.

About the Series

Routledge Research in Education

This series aims to present the latest research from right across the field of education. It is not confined to any particular area or school of thought and seeks to provide coverage of a broad range of topics, theories and issues from around the world.

Please send inquiries or proposals for this series to one of the following:

Emilie Coin: [email protected] – Editor, UK, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East

Elsbeth Wright: [email protected] – Editor, North & South America

Vilija Stephens: [email protected] – Editor, Australia & New Zealand

Katie Peace: [email protected] – Publisher, Asia


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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Educational Policy & Reform / General
EDUCATION / Research