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The State and the Politics of Knowledge


reviewed by Richard D. Lakes — 2004

coverTitle: The State and the Politics of Knowledge
Author(s): Michael W. Apple
Publisher: Routledge/Falmer, New York
ISBN: 041593513X, Pages: 259, Year: 2003
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Michael Apple’s newest book benefits from a group of international collaborators who analyze educational politics in the Pacific Rim countries of South Korea and Singapore, the Polynesian Islands in Oceania, the Scandinavian nations of Sweden and Norway, Brazil, and the United States.  Viewed in light of what Apple terms “official knowledge,” the book exposes conservative state policymaking in the reforms of curriculum and schools, colonizing discourses in the production of knowledge, and resistance to hegemonic domination through progressive social movements.     A case study of textbook selection in the United States, co-authored by Michael Apple and Anita Oliver, gives understanding to social movement origins and structures.  Parents of a semi-rural community initially opposed to the content of readings in a language-arts series united to fight the school board over its adoption.  Interestingly, the early makeup of this group reflected religious diversity and mainstream politics, and refused to be identified with a New Right agenda.  As the conflict escalated due to inflexible school district leadership portraying the opposition as a bunch... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 106 Number 2, 2004, p. 354-357
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11199, Date Accessed: 11/23/2017 6:06:11 AM

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  • Richard Lakes
    Georgia State University
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    RICHARD LAKES is Associate Professor and Coordinator of the Social Foundations of Education Program at Georgia State University. He specializes in critical pedagogy, youth development, and education for work. His co-edited book, Globalizing Education for Work: Comparative Perspectives on Gender and the New Economy is forthcoming from Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
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