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World, Class, Women: Global Literature, Education, and Feminism

reviewed by Sarah M. McGough - 2004

coverTitle: World, Class, Women: Global Literature, Education, and Feminism
Author(s): Robin Truth Goodman
Publisher: Routledge/Falmer, New York
ISBN: 0415944910, Pages: 200, Year: 2004
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In response to many recent books in the area of gender studies and feminist pedagogy that call for the privileging of women’s experiences, celebration of caring, and respect for the nurturing life of the private home, Robin Truth Goodman issues a timely warning.  She cautions her educationist audience of the many problems that result from upholding the private at the expense of the public.  Unlike others who discuss privatization, she centers the conversation in the context of global capital and couches her reply in terms of critical pedagogy and Marxist analysis, revealing that the public is currently viewed as a “competitive private-business model” (p. 3) and calling for a re-envisioning. Goodman encourages feminist and educational theorists to conceive the private as integrated with the public, yet, perhaps fitting for the challenge she issues, she never fully spells out how this integrated public might look.  Problematically, this can leave the average reader operating under traditional notions of both the private and the public and seeing them as directly opposed,... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 106 Number 12, 2004, p. 2290-2293
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11321, Date Accessed: 4/14/2021 8:05:16 AM

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  • Sarah McGough
    University of Illinois
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    SARAH M. McGOUGH is a doctoral student in Philosophy of Education and Womenís Studies at the University of Illinois. Her primary areas of scholarship include educational theory and pragmatism. Her most recent work investigates how flexible corporeal habits may assist students in fruitfully changing the ways they enact and respond to race and gender.
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