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Poststructuralism, Politics and Education


reviewed by Nathaniel Monsour 1997

coverTitle: Poststructuralism, Politics and Education
Author(s): Michael Peters
Publisher: Bergin & Garvey, Westport
ISBN: 0897894200, Pages: , Year: 1996
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Given a spate of articles and books that have come out in the last decade attributing various crises in academic politics to the introduction of French theory, it is refreshing to read Mark Peters's Poststructuralism, Politics and Education, since it is a sincere attempt to demonstrate the implications of postmodernism for education and politics in general. Though Peters teaches in the Department of Education at the University of Auckland, his background, according to his education, is in philosophy, and he is able to bring a cross-disciplinary breadth of knowledge to this ambitious project. Though short, this book is densely packed with theoretical discussions of metaphysics, history, economic theory, and ethics. Peters is clearly constructing a polemic, but he does attempt to provide a balanced view of his subject. At times, the attempt to do both makes this an extremely allusive book. To reduce this complex skein of theories to a simple thesis statement, it could be said that the book criticizes both the liberal belief that children should... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 99 Number 2, 1997, p. 421-425
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 10262, Date Accessed: 10/17/2017 5:51:59 AM

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