Education and Neoliberal Globalization

By Carlos Alberto Torres

© 2009 – Routledge

138 pages

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About the Book

This volume by noted critical education scholar Carlos Alberto Torres takes up the question of how structural changes in schooling and the growing impacts of neoliberalism and globalization affect social change, national development, and democratic educational systems throughout the world. The first section of the book offers analytical avenues to understand and criticize the practices and policies of neoliberal states, both domestically and internationally. More than a mere lament of the state of educational policy, however, Torres also documents the critiques and alternatives developed by social movements against neoliberal governments and policies. Ultimately, his work urges readers to engage in the struggle to resist the oppressive forces of neoliberal globalization, and proactively and deliberately act in informed ways to create a better world.


"Reminding us that education and politics are inseparable Torres unapologetically offers a powerful theoretical critique of neoliberal globalization. In so doing, he engages the relationship of neoliberal globalization to education, while insisting on alternatives and new possibilities."—Review of Higher Education

Table of Contents

Foreword. Introduction: Social Theory and Education: Against Neoliberal Globalization. Part I: A Critique of Neoliberal Globalization 1. Globalizations and Education 2. The Banking Education of the World Bank: Expert Knowledge, External Assistance and Educational Reform in the Age of Neoliberalism: A Critique of the World Bank 3. No Child Left Behind: A BrainChild of Neoliberalism and American Politics Part II: From Critique to Utopia: Alternatives to Neoliberal Globalization 4. Education, Teachers Unions and the State: The Theses of Lisbon. 5. The Political Pedagogy of Paulo Freire. 6. Critical Social Theory and Educational Research 7. Globalizations, Education and Transformative Social Justice Learning: A Preliminary Draft of a Theory of Marginality Part III: Biography as a Genre of Political Pedagogical Struggle 8. Education, Power and Personal Biography: An Interview with Carlos Alberto Torres by Armando Alcántara Santuario. Notes. Bibliography. Index.

About the Author

Carlos Alberto Torres is Professor of Social Sciences and Comparative Education at the Graduate School of Education, UCLA.

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.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Educational Policy & Reform / General
EDUCATION / Philosophy & Social Aspects
EDUCATION / Comparative