Zygmunt Bauman on Education in Liquid Modernity evaluates the contribution that Bauman has made to education studies. It outlines the central themes within social analysis in Bauman’s writings, and examines how researchers have applied his key ideas to explore current theoretical issues.
The book focuses on Bauman’s ideas in relation to the management and consumption of education, including topics such as student voice and individual identity; relationships and inclusive education. Identifying and discussing underpinning assumptions about Bauman’s work and its application to education, the book addresses the connection between his work and wider debates, providing a critical and clarifying re-examination of Bauman’s contribution to the role of education within solid, post and liquid modernity.
This book will appeal to academics, researchers and postgraduate students of education theory and the sociology of education. It will be of great interest to readers seeking a critical appreciation and application of Bauman’s work to an educational context and Bauman scholars interested in the application of contemporary social theory to education and its role in identity formation in areas such as sex and relationships education.
Table of Contents
Introduction: The relevance of Zygmunt Bauman for education studies
Chapter One: The transition from solid to liquid modernity
Chapter Two: The role of the school in solid and liquid modernity
Chapter Three: The contribution of Bauman to our understanding of inclusive education
Chapter Four: Sex and sexuality education in the context of 'liquid love'
Chapter Five: Consuming education: The impact of consumption on educational leadership, school improvement and school effectiveness research
Shaun Best is a senior lecturer in the School of Education and Liberal Arts at the University of Winchester, UK.