Power/ Knowledge/ Pedagogy

The Meaning of Democratic Education in Unsettling Times


Dennis Carlson; Michael Apple

First Edition • April 1, 1999 • 368 pages


Print ISBN: 9780813391380 • $51.00 USD$51.50 CAN

Ebook ISBN: 9780786742844 • $33.99 USD$39.99 CAN

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The essays in this volume explore the educational implications of unsettling shifts in contemporary culture associated with postmodernism. These shifts include the fragmentation of established power blocs, the emergence of a politics of identity, growing inequalities between the haves and the have-nots in a new global economy, and the rise in influence of popular culture in defining who we are. In the academy, postmodernism has been associated with the emergence of new theoretical perspectives that are unsettling the way we think about education. These shifts, the authors suggest, are deeply contradictory and may lead in divergent political directions — some of them quite dangerous. Power/Knowledge/Pedagogy examines these issues with regard to four broad domains of educational inquiry: state educational policy and curriculum reform, student identity formation, the curriculum as a text, and critical pedagogy. The book contributes to the dialogue on the forging of a new commonsense discourse on democratic educational renewal, attuned to the changing times in which we live.


Dennis Carlson is associate professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and director of the Center for Education and Cultural Studies at Miami University of Ohio.

Michael W. Apple is professor in the Department of Education and Curriculum Studies at the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

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