Educational Knowledge

Changing Relationships between the State, Civil Society, and the Educational Community

Edited by Thomas S. Popkewitz

Subjects: Comparative Education
Series: SUNY series, Frontiers in Education
Paperback : 9780791444047, 365 pages, January 2000
Hardcover : 9780791444030, 365 pages, January 2000

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Table of contents




I. Introduction

Chapter 1
Globalization/Regionalization, Knowledge, and the Educational Practices: Some Notes on Comparative Strategies for Educational Research

Thomas S. Popkewitz

II. Globalization and the Restructuring of Education: The State and the Restructuring of Teaching

Chapter 2
The Restructuring of the European Educational Space: Changing Relationships among States, Citizens, and Educational Communities

António Nóvoa

Chapter 3
Restructuring the State in Eastern Europe: Women, Child Care, and Early Education

Marianne N. Bloch and Benita Blessing

Chapter 4
Public Education, Teachers' Organizations, and the State in Latin America

Carlos Alberto Torres

Chapter 5
New Schools for New Times? Notes Toward a Sociology of Recent Education Reform

Geoff Whitty, Sharon Gewirtz, and Tony Edwards

Chapter 6
When the Center Cannot Hold: The Devolution and Evolution of Power, Authority, and Responsibility in Russian Education

Stephen T. Kerr

III. Governing, Governmentality, and Educational Change

Chapter 7
Decentralization and Recentralization in the Argentine Educational Reform: Reshaping Educational Policies in the 1990s

lnés Dussel, Guillermina Tiramonti, and Alejandra Birgin

Chapter 8
Rethinking Decentralization and the State/Civil Society Distinctions: The State as a Problematic of Governing

Thomas S. Popkewitz

Chapter 9
From the "People's Home"—Folkhemmet—to the Enterprise: Reflections on the Constitution and Reconstitution of the Field of Early Childhood Pedagogy in Sweden

Gunilla Dahlberg

Chapter 10
Governmentality in an Era of "Empowerment": The Case of Tanzania

Frances Vavrus

Chapter 11
The Construction of Discursive Space as Patterns of Inclusion/Exclusion: Governmentality and Urbanism in the United States

Lisa Hennon

IV. Intellectuals, Knowledge, and Educational Change

Chapter 12
Critics and Reconstructors: On the Emergence of Progressive Educational Expertise in South Africa

Johan Müller

Chapter 13
The Educational System, Social Reproduction, and Educational Theory in Imperial Germany

Peter Drewek

V. Comparative Strategies Rethought

Chapter 14
World System and Interrelationship Networks: The Internationalization of Education and the Role of Comparative Inquiry

Jürgen Schriewer


An examination of educational reform and change throughout the world, focusing on how issues of power and governance within states affect school practice and policy-making.


Focusing on comparative examination of educational reforms, this book explores the relation of state practices and educational knowledge to changes in culture and economics among nations. Countries with different state traditions and political regimes are studied to understand how national and global settings are interrelated in current restructuring of education and social welfare policies related to schooling. The regional cases focus on the policies of the European Union, restructuring efforts in Latin America, and family, child welfare, and early childhood policies in Eastern Europe. In addition, specific studies of national changes in Argentina, Great Britain, Germany, Russia, Tanzania, South Africa, and the U. S. are presented.

Educational Knowledge makes a unique contribution by bringing neo-Marxist theories, world systems, and post-modern cultural and political theories into a conversation about the changes that are occurring in the educational arena. This book will interest not only specialists in the field of education studying educational reform, but also economists, political scientists, sociologists, and comparative historians who examine the functioning of education within the larger context of modernization.

Contributors include Benita Blessing, Marianne Bloch, Alejandra Brgin, Gunilla Dahlberg, Peter Drewek, Ines Dussel, Tony Edwards, Sharon Gewirtz, Lisa Hennon, Steve Kerr, Johan Müller, Antonio Novoa, Thomas S. Popkewitz, Jurgen Schriewer, Gillermiona Tiramonti, Carlos Alberto Torres, Frances Vavrus, and Geoff Whitty.

Thomas S. Popkewitz is Professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, University of Wisconsin–Madison. He has published extensively and is the editor of Changing Patterns of Power: Social Regulation and Teacher Education Reform, also published by SUNY Press, as well as The Formation of the School Subject-Matter: The Struggle for Creating an American Institution.


"Popkewitz has 'done it again' in my opinion, bringing together a collection of papers on contemporary 'state relations' and education that cannot be matched. The text is not only accessible and informative, but theoretically interesting as well. Particularly groundbreaking is the exemplification of diverse but 'complimentary' social theories of how to read 'public education' in this new age of globalization. " — Lynda Stone, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill