After Postmodernism: Education, Politics, and Identity

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Richard Allan Smith, Philip Wexler
Psychology Press, 1995 - Education - 253 pages
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This work presents a set of thematic essays aimed at clarifying the educational problems and paradoxes of postmodern educational conditions and theory. The major concerns of the book are the possibility of achieving substantive political objectives and of theorising such possiblities. These concerns arise from a dissatisfaction with the organisational and political conditions of postmodern educational practice.; The seeming inability of academics to intervene in the public sector, especially in matters of equality, provides a driving force to the book. For individuals who care about the future of education and its role in social reconstruction, the pessimistic nature of postmodern theories of society and education is an additional impetus for the book.; All the chapters exemplify the issues that confront lecturers in contemporary university teacher education contexts. A notable feature of the book is a theme that current theorisation about education and society are historically outmoded and that the future lies in "post" postmodern theories.
 

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Contents

Liberalism Postmodernism Critical Theory and Politics
13
PostFord Posthuman
23
A New Age Social Theory
56
Provisional Politics in Postmodern
83
Foucaults Poststructuralism and Observational Education
98
A Disjointed Paper About
112
Knowledge Identity
131
Voicing the Other Speaking for the Self Disrupting
182
Educational Intellectuals and Corporate Politics
209
Beyond Postmodernism
225
From The Inside Out
241
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