Inventing The Modern Self And John Dewey

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Pragmatism provoked both admiration and fear, as global changes brought into the twentieth century provoked a revisioning of the cultural narratives about who the citizen and child are and should be. In a new book edited by Thomas S. Popkewitz, scholars representing twelve nations provide original chapters to explore the epistemic features and cultural theses figured in Dewey's writings as they assembled in the discourses of public schooling. The significance of Dewey in the book is not about Dewey as the ...
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Overview

Pragmatism provoked both admiration and fear, as global changes brought into the twentieth century provoked a revisioning of the cultural narratives about who the citizen and child are and should be. In a new book edited by Thomas S. Popkewitz, scholars representing twelve nations provide original chapters to explore the epistemic features and cultural theses figured in Dewey's writings as they assembled in the discourses of public schooling. The significance of Dewey in the book is not about Dewey as the messenger of pragmatism, but in locating different cultural, political, and educational terrains in which debates about modernity, the modern self, and the making of the citizen occurred.
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"In this fascinating book, a group of distinguished scholars from twelve countries examine the historical role of John Dewey as an 'indigenous foreigner,' whose ideas about pragmatism, the child, and the school were reconstructed and re-assembled in one cultural setting after another around the world. At one level, the authors are exploring the historical development of the discourses of modernity, which provided visions of how the school could form the child into the citizen. At another level, the authors are disrupting the smooth texture of the current discourse of globalization, showing how local cultures have adapted and redirected ideas from abroad in historically specific ways."—David F. Labaree, Stanford University, author of The Trouble with Ed Schools

"In my library, a special place is reserved for the books of Thomas Popkewitz. Two remarkable features of his work always amaze me: his creativity in choosing and defining the 'problem' and the intellectual sophistication that he brings to the analysis and to the discussion…Popkewitz has done it again with this new book. It is a wonderful work that opens new avenues to read John Dewey and the 'traveling of pragmatism' in the light of a broader discussion about modernities. It is a book that illuminates new facets of John Dewey, multiplying the possibilities to problematize an 'author' and his circulation, appropriation, and transformation…The book invites the reader to react, to question, and to struggle with the theses and ideas that are presented. To read Popkewitz is to enter into a critical dialogue, to join an intellectual game of interpretations and illuminations. This is a brilliant book by one of the most challenging authors of our times."—António Nóvoa, Professor of Education, University of Lisbon

"This collection shows how educational ideas have always traveled across the world, well before the fashionable talk of globalization. For most of the twentieth century, traveling ideas provided nation-states with the intellectual resources with which to interpret the requirements of modernity, leading to the invention of new pedagogic practices based upon existing cultural traditions, but incorporating also conceptions of the modern self. This important book contains some wonderful narratives about how John Dewey's educational philosophy, located within the distinctive American tradition of pragmatism, was appropriated by countries as diverse as China, Turkey, and Sweden to imagine their own distinctive projects of modernity. The book provides therefore a wonderful study of how ideas travel, and are indigenized."—Fazal Rizvi, Professor in Educational Policy Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230605145
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 3/1/2008
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Meet the Author

Thomas S. Popkewitz is Professor of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. His studies are concerned with the knowledge or systems of reason that govern educational policy and research in teaching, teacher education, and curriculum, including The Political Sociology of Educational Reform, Governing the Soul, and Cultural History and Education.

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Table of Contents

1 Inventing the modern self and John Dewey : modernities and the traveling of pragmatism in education - an introduction 3
2 Dewey as an epistemic figure in the Swedish discourse on governing the self 39
3 Langue as homeland : the Genevan reception of pragmatism 61
4 Dewey in Belgium : a libation for modernity? 85
5 Dewey on Lima or the social prosthesis in the construction of the new education discourse in Portugal (1925-1936) 111
6 Balkanizing John Dewey 135
7 John Dewey's travelings into the project of Turkish modernity 153
8 Discursive inscriptions in the fabrication of a modern self : Mexican educational appropriations of Dewey's writings 181
9 John Dewey through the Brazilian Anisio Teixeira or reenchantment of the world 203
10 The appropriation of Dewey's pedagogy in Colombia as a cultural event 231
11 A history of the present : Chinese intellectuals, Confucianism and pragmatism 255
12 Dewey and the ambivalent modern Japan 279
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