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Rethinking the school : subjectivity, bureaucracy, criticism

Author: Ian Hunter
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 1994.
Series: Questions in cultural studies (New York, N.Y.)
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Educationalists have long worked to democratise our school system and purge traces of its religious origins. Rethinking the School shows that these efforts have been in vain. The bureaucratic organisation of schooling is here to stay, and Christian moral discipline is an integral part of the school as we know it. Hunter argues that both liberal and Marxian theory ignore the historical reality of the school. He does  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ian Hunter
ISBN: 031212144X 9780312121440
OCLC Number: 29564688
Notes: Series statement from jacket.
Description: xxiii, 204 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Contents: Principled positions --
Social governance and spiritual guidance --
The pastoral bureaucracy --
Unprincipled equality --
The sphere and duties of critique.
Series Title: Questions in cultural studies (New York, N.Y.)
Responsibility: Ian Hunter.
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Educationalists have long worked to democratise our school system and purge traces of its religious origins. Rethinking the School shows that these efforts have been in vain. The bureaucratic organisation of schooling is here to stay, and Christian moral discipline is an integral part of the school as we know it. Hunter argues that both liberal and Marxian theory ignore the historical reality of the school. He does not see the school as the failed attempt to realise principles of social equality, complete personal development and intellectual enlightenment. Rather, he sees the modern school as an improvised apparatus for the training of good citizens and the guidance of souls. Rethinking the School is one of the first major applications of Foucault's genealogical method to the school system, and will be widely debated by educationalists, policy-makers and those interested in the interaction of government and subjectivity.

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