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Reviews: Children, Media and Education: Knud Jensen and Stephen Walker, Education, Democracy and Discourse, Continuum Studies in Education.
University of Borås, School of Education and Behavioural Science.
2010 (English)In: International Sociology, ISSN 0268-5809, E-ISSN 1461-7242, Vol. 25, no 2, 244-247 p.Article, book review (Other academic)
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Education, Democracy and Discourse comprises 10 chapters, which describe a destructive and alienating process of marketization and commoditization of educational spaces and practices that undermines the professional status and culture of teachers as public sector workers and is contributing to the destruction of possibilities for educational equality and democracy. These are important issues of interest to education workers and researchers as well as research and undergraduate students in education sciences and the sociology, politics and economics of education respectively. Although the book does not present anything significantly new to these fields, it is a well-packaged and interesting read that explodes a number of myths about education as a stable democratic entity and a common social good. Education is seen as an outcome of a resolution of different economic, social, productive, ideological and other cultural forces, constantly in flux, and an instrument of class rule mediated by discourses that are imbued with a bourgeois caste spirit; these normalize education as a basis for the supply of able workers for the capitalist economy in the interest of profit.

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Sage Publications , 2010. Vol. 25, no 2, 244-247 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-3092DOI: 10.1177/02685809100250020903Local ID: 2320/8017OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hb-3092DiVA: diva2:871188
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