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Globalization and the Study of Education: An Introduction

by Thomas S. Popkewitz & Fazal Rizvi - 2009

Globalization has been in the forefront of public debates in recent decades. It was brought anew in the debates surrounding the current global financial crisis that have forced many to reconsider the idea of globalization and raise a number of new questions. To what extent has the current crisis been caused by the ways in which the possibilities of globalization have been interpreted and enacted? In what ways did the rhetorics of globalization unleash a range of practices that led many countries to abandon prudent regulatory systems of financial systems? Were global processes badly managed or was their very construction flawed? To what extent and how did the dominant construction of globalization re-shape not only economic activity but also other fields of human endeavor, such as education, and with what effects? How did the narratives of globalization become so ideologically dominant? Is it possible to imagine a different form of globalization that does not have such disastrous social consequences?

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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 108. No. 2.

Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 111 Number 14, 2009, p. 7-28
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 18430, Date Accessed: 1/18/2022 8:53:59 AM

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  • Thomas Popkewitz
    University of Wisconsin, Madison
    THOMAS S. POPKEWITZ is an assistant professor of curriculum and instruction at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
  • Fazal Rizvi
    University of Melbourne
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    FAZAL RIZVI recently joined the faculty of the University of Melbourne in Australia, having worked over the past decade at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he directed its Global Studies in Education program. He is the convener of the annual World Universities Forum. His most recent books include Globalizing Education Policy (Routledge 2010).
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