Challenging Orthodoxies: Toward a New Cultural History of Education

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Challenging Orthodoxies explores the implications of linguistics, literary criticism, and language theory in general for historians of education. This book introduces the core ideas of the "linguistic turn" and some of its major theorists. Hayden White, Richard Rorty, Michel Foucault and Clifford Geertz. By arguing for the primacy of language textuality and linguistic structures in historical narratives, this study revises conventional understanding of the writing and interpretation of histories of education.
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Explores the implications of linguistics, literary criticism, and language theory in general for historians of education. It introduces the core ideas of the "linguistic turn" and some of its major theorists. By arguing for the primacy of language, textuality, and linguistic structures in historical narratives, the author revises conventional understanding of the writing and interpretation of histories of education. He also discusses the mental hygiene movement and the "medicalization" of American education, and he calls attention to film as a legitimate source for understanding both history and education. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknew.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780820439402
  • Publisher: Lang, Peter Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/28/1999
  • Series: Counterpoints of Education Ser.
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 326

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
1 The History of the History of American Education: The Uses of the Past 3
2 Revisiting the History of Urban Education: Historiographical Reflections 35
3 Representations of History in the Linguistic Turn 65
4 Language and History: A Perspective on School Reform Movements and Change in Education 87
5 The Influence of Progressive Education on School Reform in the United States: Redescriptions 105
6 Postmodernism, the New Cultural History, Film: Resisting Images of Education 125
7 In the Name of the Prevention of Neurosis: Psychoanalysis and Education in Europe, 1905-1938 157
8 The Mental Hygiene Movement, the Commonwealth Fund, and Education, 1921-1933: "Every School a Clinic" 185
9 Changing Conceptions of the American College and University, 1920-1940: The Mental Hygiene Movement and the "Essentials of an Education" 203
10 The Mental Hygiene Movement, "Personality," and the Making of Twentieth-Century American Education 227
11 The Medicalization of American Education: The Social History of an Idea 249
Epilogue: Lawrence A. Cremin: Lives and Transformations 273
Select Bibliography 301
Index 315
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