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Inventing the Modern Self and John Dewey: Modernities and the Traveling of Pragmatism in Education


reviewed by Naoko Saito October 12, 2006

coverTitle: Inventing the Modern Self and John Dewey: Modernities and the Traveling of Pragmatism in Education
Author(s): Thomas S. Popkewitz (Ed.)
Publisher: Palgrave/MacMillan, New York
ISBN: 1403968624, Pages: 302, Year: 2005
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No doubt, the scope of this book is unparalleled in the scholarship of John Dewey and pragmatism. It is an adventurous project of “historicizing” (p. 8) the idea of Dewey as the “uniquely” American philosopher in the modern era (p. viii), while at the same time decontextualizing it, as it were, from its original context (i.e., North America) and transferring and re-contextualizing it in the scenes of education in the international field–in as many countries as Sweden, Switzerland, Belgium, Portugal, Yugoslavia, Turkey, Mexico, Brazil, Columbia, China, and Japan. Centering on the themes of Dewey as an “indigenous foreigner” and on “traveling libraries” (p. 8), this is an experimental endeavor as it tests the forces of a philosophy, and in particular, foreign contexts. As these metaphors demonstrate, the originality of this book lies in its recapturing of Dewey’s philosophy in the process of its travel rather than in the supposedly fixed,... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: October 12, 2006
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12780, Date Accessed: 12/14/2017 9:52:45 AM

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  • Naoko Saito
    Kyoto University, Japan
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    NAOKO SAITO is Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Education at Kyoto University, Japan. Her area of research is the philosophy of education, specializing in the American philosophies of Emerson, Thoreau, Dewey, and Cavell. She is the author of The Gleam of Light: Moral Perfectionism and Education in Dewey and Emerson (New York: Fordham University Press, 2005), and the translator of Stanley Cavell's The Senses of Walden (Tokyo: Hosei University Press, 2005).
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