Market Movements: African American Involvement in School Voucher Reform

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Market Movements documents and analyzes the narratives of community leaders, school officials, and African American working class families who have been attracted to vouchers as a means of removing their children from public schools they deem unacceptable. Pedroni examines the overlaps and tensions between the educational visions of voucher-using African American families and those of powerful conservative educational forces which purport to be allied with them. Market Movements provides a hopeful message and a practical vision by developing some of the critical empirical and conceptual ground-work that is necessary in order to renew the increasingly fractious relations among those social actors most likely to defend and expand previous social democratic victories in the United States.

About the Author:
Thomas C. Pedroni is Assistant Professor of social studies education, educational policy studies, and global education studies at Oakland University

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Winner of the 2009 Critics Choice Book Award of the American Educational Studies Association (AESA)

"With compelling narrative, meticulous detail, and sharp analytic insight, Pedroni captures the misunderstood and contested world of African American parents who use vouchers to opt out of failing public schools. Neither duped by the neoconservative agenda nor blind to the limits of private schools, they represent a new iteration of an ongoing agenda of African American parents: to locate caring, community-oriented schools where high expectations will be the norm. This book is essential for all who seek to reform public education."—Emilie Vanessa Siddle Walker, Professor of Educational Studies, Emory University

"In this insightful book, Tom Pedroni analyzes the ideological and political complexities underlying African American parents’support for vouchers. Pedroni’s ethnographic account and his call for "progressive modernization" in education encourage us to conceptualize a more inclusive and effective movement for democratic education."—Pauline Lipman, Professor of Educational Policy Studies, University of Illinois-Chicago

"Pedroni's study advances our thinking about African American use of school vouchers by theorizing the relationship between the educational Right and Black parents. This is an accessible and readable work, in which Black working class voices are clearly heard."—Geoff Whitty, Director, Institute of Education, University of London

"Pedroni’s book reinvigorates educational critical theory with a deeply informed and politically astute case study."—James Paul Gee, Mary Lou Fulton Presidential Professor of Literacy Studies, Arizona State University

"Thomas Pedroni’s Market movements: African American involvement in school voucher reform greatly assists in distilling the complexities of school choice reform within African American communities, and contributes greatly to the literature on the politics of school choice reform."— Janelle Scott, Education Review, August 27, 2008

"I welcome Market Movements and certainly will draw closely upon it in the future."—Journal of Education Policy

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415956086
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 5/22/2007
  • Series: Critical Social Thought Series
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Series Editor's Introduction     ix
Acknowledgments     xiii
The Movement Finds the Market: Education and the New Terrain of Racial Justice after Brown     1
Empowering Parents and Markets; Conservative Modernization and the Decline of the Welfare State     15
The Movement to the Market: Making Do on a Post-Brown Terrain     39
The Promised Land and the Supermarket: Leadership on an Unsettling Terrain     49
Shopping Around for Justice: Enhancing the Value of Black Children in the Marketplace     71
From Making Do to Remaking alliances: A Call for Progressive Modernization in Education and beyond     121
Re-Embodying the Disembodied Researcher: Notes on Method     145
Notes     161
References     163
Index     167
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