Cultures of Arab Schooling: Critical Ethnographies from Egypt

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Linda Herrera, Carlos Alberto Torres
State University of New York Press, Oct 26, 2006 - Education - 209 pages
Little is known regarding the inner workings of the educational systems of most Arab countries. Cultures of Arab Schooling fills this void using critical social theory to offer a rare glimpse into schools in contemporary Egypt. Giving voice to the educators and students through personal testimonies, the book sheds new light on issues of educational quality, the impact of social movements—particularly Islamist—on school cultures, the growing cultures of resistance to authoritarianism, and the gap between official policies and the realities of schooling. In a political climate that demonstrates increasing change in the Arab world, this critical ethnography of Arab education will aid in providing a better understanding of issues relating to social justice, participation, and democracy in this part of the world.

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About the author (2006)

Linda Herrera is Senior Lecturer in Development Studies at the Institute of Social Studies in The Hague.

Carlos Alberto Torres is Professor of Social Sciences and Comparative Education at the University of California at Los Angeles. His many books include Social Theory and Education: A Critique of Theories of Social and Cultural Reproduction (coauthored with Raymond Allen Morrow), also published by SUNY Press.

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