The Politics of the Textbook
Edited By Michael Apple, Linda Christian-Smith Copyright 1991
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The Politics of the Texbook analyzes the factors that shape production, distribution and reception of school texts through original essays which emphasize the double-edged quality of textbooks. Textbooks are viewed as systems of moral regulation in the struggle of powerful groups to build political and cultural accord. They are also regarded as the site of popular resistance around discloding the interest underlying schoolknowledge and incorporating alternative traditions.
1: The Politics of the Textbook; 2: The Culture and Commerce of the Texbook; 3: Texts and High Tech: Computers, Gender, and Book Publishing; 4: With a Little Help from Some Friends: Publishers, Protesters, and Texas Textbook Decisions; 5: Race, Class, Gender, and Disability in Current Textbooks; 6: Reclaiming the Voice of Resistance: The Fiction of Mildred Taylor; 7: Critical Lessons from Our Past: Curricula of Socialist Sunday Schools in the United States; 8: The Secular Word: Catholic Reconstructions of Dick and Jane; 9: Readers, Texts, and Contexts: Adolescent Romance Fiction in Schools; 10: Textual Authority, Culture, and the Politics of Literacy; 11: Textbooks: The International Dimension; 12: Building Democracy: Content and Ideology in Grenadian Educational Texts, 1979-1983
"The essays are . . . well written and insightful, and will be of considerable interest to scholars, educators, and others concerned with the role of the school in social, political, and cultural reproduction." -- T. Reagan Choice