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Cosmopolitanism and the Age of School Reform: Science, Education, and Making Society by Making the Child


reviewed by Marianna Papastephanou August 07, 2008

coverTitle: Cosmopolitanism and the Age of School Reform: Science, Education, and Making Society by Making the Child
Author(s): Thomas S. Popkewitz
Publisher: Routledge, New York
ISBN: 0415958148, Pages: 220, Year: 2007
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Thomas Popkewitz´s book, Cosmopolitanism and the Age of School Reform, is a very interesting endeavour to test the limits of the Enlightenment without giving up its notions of human agency and freedom (p. 173). With very nicely judged moves, it attacks the commitment to planning and making agents (as it is manifested in the social sciences and as it fixes the boundaries of freedom) while renouncing, towards the end of the text, the relativism of formal equivalence of political cultures (p. 185) and reasserting the cosmopolitan attitude to reason, freedom, justice and hospitality to others (p. 184).     The reader is shown in a very clear and sensitive manner how certain universalizing educational practices and measures stem from a cultural territory that is marked by fears about failures of cognitive utility and procedural reform. These practices and measures redeem totality through the incorporation of alterity, whose territory causes fear, in turn, that... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: August 07, 2008
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15330, Date Accessed: 12/11/2017 9:37:59 PM

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  • Marianna Papastephanou
    University of Cyprus
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    MARIANNA PAPASTEPHANOU has studied Philosophy and researched in Cardiff (Wales) and Berlin (Germany). She is currently teaching Philosophy of Education in the Department of Education at the University of Cyprus. She has edited the book, K.O. Apel: From A Transcendental-Semiotic Point of View, and she is the author of articles on various philosophical and educational topics. Her research interests include utopia, cosmopolitanism, ethics, critical thinking and the modernism vs. postmodernism debate.
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