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Education And Community

reviewed by James Scott Johnston - September 17, 2008

coverTitle: Education And Community
Author(s): Dianne Gereluk
Publisher: Continuum, New York
ISBN: 0826484662, Pages: 206, Year: 2006
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There is an abundance of educational literature on the relationship between the liberal and communitarian conceptions of the self, the state, and schools. Since Kenneth Strike introduced Rawls’s political theory to educational theorists and practitioners almost 30 years ago, the amount of scholarship on the precise role and scope of the school as a liberal, political institution has taken on logarithmic proportions. Dianne Gereluk’s book contributes to this scholarship, but does so with a twist, if you will: here, a muscular vision of community is defended from a Rawlsian liberal perspective. This by itself may not seem strange were it not for the fact that most theorists producing this scholarship align themselves on one side or another of the debate. And while Gereluk clearly admits her liberal sympathies (and arguments) throughout, she is unabashed in her validation of a robust community in which schools play a central role. To begin with,... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: September 17, 2008
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15380, Date Accessed: 6/12/2021 9:38:17 AM

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  • James Johnston
    Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario
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    JAMES SCOTT JOHNSTON is an Assistant Professor in Philosophy of Education and adjunct faculty in Philosophy at Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada. Recent publications include Inquiry and Education: John Dewey and the Quest for Democracy (2006 SUNY Press), and Deweyan Inquiry: from Educational Theory to Practice (2009 SUNY Press, forthcoming).
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