Critical Social Thought

Series Editor: Michael W. Apple

  • The End of Public Schools

    The Corporate Reform Agenda to Privatize Education

    By David Hursh

    The End of Public Schools analyzes the effect of foundations, corporations, and non-governmental organizations on the rise of neoliberal principles in public education. By first contextualizing the privatization of education within the context of a larger educational crisis, and with particular…

    Paperback – 2015-11-22 
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  • The Critical Turn in Education

    From Marxist Critique to Poststructuralist Feminism to Critical Theories of Race

    By Isaac Gottesman

    The Critical Turn in Education traces the historical emergence and development of critical theories in the field of education, from the introduction of Marxist and other radical social theories in the 1960s to the contemporary critical landscape. The book begins by tracing the first waves of…

    Paperback – 2015-08-14 
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  • Mapping Corporate Education Reform

    Power and Policy Networks in the Neoliberal State

    Edited by Wayne Au, Joseph J. Ferrare

    Mapping Corporate Education Reform outlines and analyzes the complex relationships between policy actors that define education reform within the current, neoliberal context. Using social network analysis and powerful data visualization tools, the authors identify the problematic roots of these…

    Paperback – 2015-04-09
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  • The Political Classroom

    Evidence and Ethics in Democratic Education

    By Diana E. Hess, Paula McAvoy

    Helping students develop their ability to deliberate political questions is an essential component of democratic education, but introducing political issues into the classroom is pedagogically challenging and raises ethical dilemmas for teachers. Diana E. Hess and Paula McAvoy argue that teachers…

    Paperback – 2014-11-12
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  • Radical Possibilities

    Public Policy, Urban Education, and A New Social Movement, 2nd Edition

    By Jean Anyon

    The core argument of Jean Anyon’s classic Radical Possibilities is deceptively simple: if we do not direct our attention to the ways in which federal and metropolitan policies maintain the poverty that plagues communities in American cities, urban school reform as currently conceived is …

    Paperback – 2014-03-05
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  • Exploring Race in Predominantly White Classrooms

    Scholars of Color Reflect

    Edited by George Yancy, Maria del Guadalupe Davidson

    Although multicultural education has made significant gains in recent years, with many courses specifically devoted to the topic in both undergraduate and graduate education programs, and more scholars of color teaching in these programs, these victories bring with them a number of pedagogic…

    Paperback – 2014-02-17
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  • Educating Activist Allies

    Social Justice Pedagogy with the Suburban and Urban Elite

    By Katy M. Swalwell

    A CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title 2013! Educating Activist Allies offers a fresh take on critical education studies through an analysis of social justice pedagogy in schools serving communities privileged by race and class. By documenting the practices of socially committed teachers at an urban…

    Paperback – 2013-03-21
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  • Critical Pedagogy and Social Change

    Critical Analysis on the Language of Possibility

    By Seehwa Cho

    At its core, the main goal of critical pedagogy is deceptively simple—to construct schools and education as agents of change. While noble and ambitious, it is not always realistic in a climate of increased commodification, privatization of schooling, and canned curriculum. By assuming rather than…

    Paperback – 2012-10-02
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  • Act Your Age!

    A Cultural Construction of Adolescence, 2nd Edition

    By Nancy Lesko

    Are our current ways of talking about "the problem of adolescence" really that different than those of past generations? For the past decade, Act Your Age! has provided a provocative and now classic analysis of the accepted ways of viewing teens. By employing a groundbreaking "history of the…

    Paperback – 2012-03-20
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  • Learning to Liberate

    Community-Based Solutions to the Crisis in Urban Education

    By Vajra Watson

    Few problems in education are as pressing as the severe crisis in urban schools. Though educators have tried a wide range of remedies, dismal results persist. This is especially true for low-income youth of color, who drop out of school—and into incarceration—at extremely high rates. The dual…

    Paperback – 2011-11-15
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  • Critical Curriculum Studies

    Education, Consciousness, and the Politics of Knowing

    By Wayne Au

    A CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title 2012! Critical Curriculum Studies offers a novel framework for thinking about how curriculum relates to students’ understanding of the world around them. Wayne Au brings together curriculum theory, critical educational studies, and feminist standpoint theory with…

    Paperback – 2011-07-26
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  • The New Political Economy of Urban Education

    Neoliberalism, Race, and the Right to the City

    By Pauline Lipman

    Urban education and its contexts have changed in powerful ways. Old paradigms are being eclipsed by global forces of privatization and markets and new articulations of race, class, and urban space. These factors and more set the stage for Pauline Lipman's insightful analysis of the relationship…

    Paperback – 2011-03-20
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  • Controversy in the Classroom

    The Democratic Power of Discussion

    By Diana E. Hess

    In a conservative educational climate that is dominated by policies like No Child Left Behind, one of the most serious effects has been for educators to worry about the politics of what they are teaching and how they are teaching it. As a result, many dedicated teachers choose to avoid…

    Paperback – 2009-03-22
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  • Race, Whiteness, and Education

    By Zeus Leonardo

    In the colorblind era of Post-Civil Rights America, race is often wrongly thought to be irrelevant or, at best, a problem of racist individuals rather than a systemic condition to be confronted.  Race, Whiteness, and Education interrupts this dangerous assumption by reaffirming a critical…

    Paperback – 2009-03-22
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  • Advocacy Leadership

    Toward a Post-Reform Agenda in Education

    By Gary L. Anderson

    In this timely and important new book, Gary Anderson provides a devastating critique of why a managerial role for educational leaders is counterproductive, especially for improving opportunities for low-income students and students of color, and instead proposes ways of re-theorizing…

    Paperback – 2009-03-05
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  • Critical Perspectives on bell hooks

    Edited by Maria del Guadalupe Davidson, George Yancy

    Although bell hooks has long challenged the dominant paradigms of race, class, and gender, there has never been a comprehensive book critically reflecting upon this seminal scholar’s body of work. Her written works aim to transgress and disrupt those codes that exclude others as intellectually…

    Paperback – 2009-02-22
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  • Hidden Markets

    The New Education Privatization

    By Patricia Burch

    Across the U.S., test publishers, software companies, and research firms are swarming to take advantage of the revenues made available by the No Child Left Behind Act. In effect, the education industry has assumed a central place in the day-to-day governance and administration of public schools—a…

    Paperback – 2009-01-11
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  • Black Literate Lives

    Historical and Contemporary Perspectives

    By Maisha T. Fisher

    Black Literate Lives offers an innovative approach to understanding the complex and multi-dimensional perspectives of Black literate lives in the United States. Author Maisha Fisher reinterprets historiographies of Black self-determination and self-reliance to powerfully interrupt stereotypes of…

    Paperback – 2008-10-23
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  • Unequal By Design

    High-Stakes Testing and the Standardization of Inequality

    By Wayne Au

    Unequal By Design critically examines high-stakes standardized testing in order to illuminate what is really at stake for students, teachers, and communities negatively affected by such testing. This thoughtful analysis traces standardized testing’s origins in the Eugenics and Social Efficiency…

    Paperback – 2008-08-26
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  • Rightist Multiculturalism

    Core Lessons on Neoconservative School Reform

    By Kristen L. Buras

    For nearly two decades, E. D. Hirsch’s book Cultural Literacy has provoked debate over whose knowledge should be taught in schools, embodying the culture wars in education. Initially developed to mediate against the multicultural "threat," his educational vision inspired the Core Knowledge…

    Paperback – 2008-02-20
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  • Market Movements

    African American Involvement in School Voucher Reform

    By Thomas C. Pedroni

    Winner of the 2009 Critics Choice Book Award of the American Educational Studies Association (AESA) Through careful ethnographic research, Market Movements represents community leaders, school officials, and most importantly, African American working class families who have used vouchers as a means…

    Paperback – 2007-05-23
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  • Reading and Writing the World with Mathematics

    Toward a Pedagogy for Social Justice

    By Eric Gutstein

    Mathematics education in the United States can reproduce social inequalities whether schools use either "basic-skills" curricula to prepare mainly low-income students of color for low-skilled service jobs or "standards-based" curricula to ready students for knowledge-intensive positions. And…

    Paperback – 2005-12-05
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  • Could It Be Otherwise?

    Parents and the Inequalities of Public School Choice

    By Lois André-Bechely

    Parents who wish to choose schools for their children must have more than a desire for different or better - they need detailed knowledge of the processes and practices that will give them access to schools of choice. This book vividly contrasts the experiences of a diverse group of urban parents…

    Paperback – 2005-06-22
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  • Radical Possibilities

    Public Policy, Urban Education, and A New Social Movement

    By Jean Anyon

    Jean Anyon's groundbreaking new book reveals the influence of federal and metropolitan policies and practices on the poverty that plagues schools and communities in American cities and segregated, low-income suburbs. Public policies...such as those regulating the minimum wage, job availability, tax…

    Hardback – 2005-04-01
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  • Race, Identity, and Representation in Education

    2nd Edition

    Edited by Cameron McCarthy, Warren Crichlow, Greg Dimitriadis, Nadine Dolby

    This stunning new edition retains the book's broad aims, intended audience, and multidisciplinary approach. New chapters take into account the more current backdrop of globalization, particularly events such as 9/11, and attendant developments that make a reconsideration of race relations in…

    Paperback – 2005-03-29
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  • Mothering for Schooling

    By Alison Griffith, Dorothy Smith

    Griffith and Smith explore the innumerable, hidden, seemingly mundane tasks like getting kids ready for school, helping with homework, or serving on the PTA can all have profound effects on what occurs within school. Based on longitudinal interviews with mothers of school-age children, this book…

    Paperback – 2004-12-03
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  • Class Reunion

    The Remaking of the American White Working Class

    By Lois Weis

    Noted scholar Lois Weis first visited the town of "Freeway" in her 1990 book, Working Class Without Work. In that book we met the students and teachers of Freeway's high school to understand how these working-class folks made sense of their lives. Now, fifteen years later, Weis has gone back to…

    Paperback – 2004-09-14
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  • Working Method

    Research and Social Justice

    By Lois Weis, Michelle Fine

    Working Method focuses on the theory, method, and politics of contemporary social research. As ethnographic and qualitative research become more popular, noted scholars Weis and Fine provide a roadmap for understanding the complexities involved in doing this research.…

    Paperback – 2004-07-19
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  • Learning to Labor in New Times

    Edited by Nadine Dolby, Greg Dimitriadis

    Learning to Labor in New Times foregrounds nine essays which re-examine the work of noted sociologist Paul Willis, 25 years after the publication of his seminal Learning to Labor, one of the most frequently cited and assigned texts in the cultural studies and social foundations of education.…

    Paperback – 2004-04-11
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  • Rethinking Scientific Literacy

    By Wolff-Michael Roth, Angela Calabrese Barton

    Rethinking Scientific Literacy presents a new perspective on science learning as a tool for improving communities. By focusing on case studies inside and outside of the classroom, the authors illuminate the relevance of science in students' everyday lives, offering a new vision of scientific…

    Paperback – 2004-01-25
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  • High Stakes Education

    Inequality, Globalization, and Urban School Reform

    By Pauline Lipman

    Noted scholar Pauline Lipman explores the implications of education accountability reforms, particularly in urban schools, in the current political, economic, and cultural context of intensifying globalization and increasing social inequality and marginalization along lines of race and class.…

    Paperback – 2003-12-15
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  • Political Spectacle and the Fate of American Schools

    By Mary Lee Smith, Linda Miller-Kahn, Walter Heinecke, Patricia F. Jarvis

    The authors argue that the most influential and well-known educational policy programs in the past 30 years are not based on democratic consensus, but are instead formulated by the political community as symbolic efforts meant to generate personal partisan gain.…

    Paperback – 2003-10-22
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  • Tough Fronts

    The Impact of Street Culture on Schooling

    By L. Janelle Dance

    Tough Fronts takes the difficult issues in urban education head on by putting street-savvy students at the forefront of the discussion on how to best make successful changes for inner city schools. Individual chapters discuss scholarly depictions of black America, the social complexity of the…

    Paperback – 2002-07-25
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  • Contradictions of School Reform

    Educational Costs of Standardized Testing

    By Linda McNeil

    First published in 2000. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.…

    Paperback – 2000-04-27
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  • The Uses of Culture

    Education and the Limits of Ethnic Affiliation

    By Cameron McCarthy

    First Published in 1998. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.…

    Paperback – 1997-12-16
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  • Education, Power, and Personal Biography

    Dialogues With Critical Educators

    By Carlos Alberto Torres

    In dialogues with key thinkers in the area of critical education, this book documents how a tradition of study grew in the United States. Through in-depth interviews, the author asks each of these thinkers to talk about the relationship between their personal experiences and their academic work.…

    Paperback – 1997-12-02
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  • Critical Ethnography in Educational Research

    A Theoretical and Practical Guide

    By Francis Phil Carspecken

    Ethnographic methods are becoming increasingly prevalent in contemporary educational research. Critical Ethnography in Educational Research provides both a technical, theoretical guide to advanced ethnography--focusing on such concepts as primary data collection and system relationships--and a very…

    Paperback – 1995-12-11
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  • Power and Method

    Political Activism and Educational Research

    Edited by Andrew Gitlin

    Power and Method demonstrates that political activism can and should be infused into the research process. Contesting the traditional assumptions that have dominated thinking about the nature and meaning of research--validity, objectivity and the researcher/"subject" relationship--the volume…

    Paperback – 1994-08-30
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  • Public Schools That Work

    Creating Community

    Edited by Gregory A. Smith

    Public Schools That Work addresses the efforts of teachers, administrators and parents to develop alternative educational models capable of overcoming the alienation and intellectual disengagement that have become so common in American schools. Educators working in some of the best alternative…

    Hardback – 1993-12-05
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  • Views Beyond the Border Country

    Raymond Williams and Cultural Politics

    Edited by Dennis Dworkin, Leslie Roman

    First Published in 1993. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.…

    Paperback – 1992-11-16
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  • Getting Smart

    Feminist Research and Pedagogy within/in the Postmodern

    By Patti Lather

    First published in 1991. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.…

    Paperback – 1991-03-10
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  • Working Class Without Work

    High School Students in A De-Industrializing Economy

    By Lois Weis

    First Published in 1990. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.…

    Paperback – 1990-02-21
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  • Contradictions of Control

    School Structure and School Knowledge

    By Linda M. McNeil

    McNeil traces the poor quality of high school instruction t the tensions between the social control purposes of schooling and the schools' educational goals.…

    Paperback – 1988-09-06
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