Individualism And Community: Education And Social Policy In The Postmodern Condition

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An evaluative review of New Zealand politics beginning in the 1980s, a period which hailed a radical right-wing experiment in that country reflecting, more or less, the political philosophies of many Western capitalist states. The focal point for the study is the crisis of the Welfare State in a postmodern era, and the relevant communitarian, neo-liberal, and postmodern responses available to questions of public policy, education, and the philosophies of collective versus individual. The volume is based on various articles published in New Zealand by the co-authors during the period of 1984 to 1994. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780750704854
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 4/1/1996
  • Series: New Prospects Series
  • Pages: 248
  • Lexile: 1510L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments
List of Figures
Introduction: The Crisis of the Welfare State in the Postmodern Condition 1
Sect. I Communitarian Approaches to the Crisis
1 Social Policy and the Move to Community 21
2 Democracy and Community-based Social Policy 34
3 Welfare and the Future of Community: The New Zealand Experiment 51
Sect. II Neo-liberal Individualism
4 The New Right Reforms of Education 65
5 The Politics of Choice: Public Choice Theory and the Autonomous Chooser 77
6 Children of Rogernomics: The New Right, Individualism and the Culture of Narcissism 98
Sect. III Methodological Responses to the Crisis
7 From Education to Evaluation: The Ideal Learning Community 115
8 Educational Policy Analysis and the Politics of Interpretation 137
Sect. IV The Postmodern 'Way Out'
9 Postmodernism: The Critique of Reason and the Rise of the New Social Movements 157
10 Beyond the Philosophy of the Subject: Liberalism, Education and the Critique of Individualism 173
11 Individualism and Community: Education and the Politics of Difference 191
Conclusion: Critical Social Policy in the Postmodern Condition 207
Bibliography 215
Index 235
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