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A Political Sociology of Educational Reform: Power/Knowledge by Thomas S. Popkewitz

By Thomas S. Popkewitz

The writer investigates the discourse of latest academic reform utilizing a thematic point of view (rather than a chronological one) of nineteenth- and 20th-century historical past. The ebook starts off with an exam of the vital conceptual and historic concerns within the research of academic swap.

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A particular set of relations emerged in education. New systems of monitoring children developed ih the 17th and 18th centuries that are still incorporated into the public school systems of Britain and the United States (Hamilton, 1989). Education's social purpose was defined as the preparation of the child for a useful role in society through individual discipline and self-government. The new pedagogic forms of the 18th century onward were tied to pastoral processes previously associated with Christianity.

Reports of change or activity regardless of their nature or depth are consider~d testimonials of progreeys. our hope that rational action can produce progress, we lose sight of the fact that the very notion of progress embodies a particular set of assumptions about intellect and power. Theories of progress from the 17th century onward reflected the newly established institutional relations of religion, state, culture, and society. Earlier millennia! views involved a critique of the present and the creation of a new world that dep~rted drastically from the present.

Schooling is a concept that presupposes structures of governing in society in which the macro- and microproblems of ,the state are brought together. 12 My concern with the state involves not only the structured relations that exist between civil society and pubUc authority. It also includes a focus on how management of the state assumes a crucial place in the formation of civil society, and how social regulation of the self is crucial to the production of will, desire, and value in society. The two levels of management are directly and indirectly established in the formation of schooling.

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