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Six Lenses for Anti-Oppressive Education

reviewed by Michael W. Apple - August 15, 2007

coverTitle: Six Lenses for Anti-Oppressive Education
Author(s): Kevin Kumashiro and Bic Ngo (Eds.)
Publisher: Peter Lang Publishing, New York
ISBN: 0820488496, Pages: 302, Year: 2007
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Over the past two decades, there have been major debates within the “critical” educational communities (the plural is important here) over the appropriate theoretical/political resources that are needed to think more seriously about the relationship between education and power. At times, the divide has been quite rancorous, with each side hurling evidence, rhetoric, and concepts at the other. Unfortunately, there are those on both sides who do not listen carefully enough to each other. Of course, this descriptive binary does not capture the complexity of reality on the ground. There are many people, like myself, who have taken the position that both the Marxist and neo-Marxist tradition(s) and the postmodernist and poststructuralist tradition(s) are necessary. Even though they may come from what are sometimes incommensurable paradigms, each is essential, and each complements the other. What we do not need is defensive posturing within either of these positions. The debates between, among,... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: August 15, 2007
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 14582, Date Accessed: 12/4/2020 6:00:12 AM

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  • Michael Apple
    University of Wisconsin, Madison
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    MICHAEL W. APPLE is John Bascom Professor of Curriculum and Instruction and Educational Policy Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Among his recent books are Educating the “Right” Way: Markets, Standards, God, and Inequality, 2nd edition (2006), The Subaltern Speak: Curriculum, Power, and Educational Struggles, with Kristen Buras (2006), and Democratic Schools: Lessons in Powerful Education, 2nd edition, with James A Beane (2007).
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