Radical Possibilities: Public Policy, Urban Education, and A New Social Movement / Edition 1

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Jean Anyon’s groundbreaking new book reveals the influence of federal and metropolitan policies and practices on the poverty that plagues schools and communities in American cities and segregated, low-income suburbs. Public policies – such as those regulating the minimum wage, job availability, tax rates, federal transit, and affordable housing – all create conditions in urban areas that no education policy as currently conceived can transcend. In this first book since her best-selling Ghetto Schooling, Jean Anyon argues that we must replace these federal and metro-area policies with more equitable ones, so that urban school reform can have positive life consequences for students.

Anyon provides a much-needed new paradigm for understanding and combating educational injustice. Radical Possibilities reminds us that historically, equitable public policies have typically been created as a result of the political pressure brought to bear by social movements. Basing her analysis on new research in civil rights history and social movement theory, Anyon skillfully explains how the current moment offers serious possibilities for the creation of such a force. The book powerfully describes five social movements already under way in U.S. cities, and offers readers interested in building this new social movement a set of practical and theoretical insights into securing economic and educational justice for the many millions of America’s poor families and students.

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Editorial Reviews

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“In this new edition of Radical Possibilities, Anyon makes it clear that the real obstacles to change in urban schools are not lazy teachers, unmotivated students or disengaged parents. Rather, the roots of the problems confronting urban schools lie in an economic system that perpetuates gross inequality and protects the powerful at the expense of the poor. She also reminds us that the system can and has been challenged through collective agency and organized resistance. It is a message of pragmatic optimism that will inform, empower and inspire readers.”—Pedro Noguera, Professor of Education, New York University

“This is a hopeful book for cynical times, a call to action rather than reaction, a call for change that helps the 99% rather than enriches the 1%. Jean Anyon asks us to envision a more equitable future so we can start to create it.”—William G. Tierney, University Professor and Wilbur-Kieffer Professor, University of Southern California

“For over three decades, Jean Anyon has been one of the English speaking world's most powerful intellectuals on the subject of education, and this revised edition solidifies her legacy. The volume is a ‘must read’ for anyone who works to understand and challenge the seemingly intractable relationship between race, class, schooling, and social and economic inequalities in the 21st century.”—Lois Weis, State University of New York Distinguished Professor, University at Buffalo

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415950992
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 3/28/2005
  • Series: Critical Social Thought Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,192,604
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Jean Anyon is professor of social and educational policy in the Doctoral Program in Urban Education at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. She is the author of the best-selling and critically acclaimed Ghetto Schooling: A Political Economy of Urban School Reform.

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Table of Contents

Series Editor's Introduction

Part I
Federal Policy and Urban Education

1.   The Economic is Political
2.   Macroeconomic Policy and Urban Poverty
3.   Taxing Rich and Poor
4.   Urban Children, Social Class, and Education

Part II
Metropolitan Inequities

5.    Jobs, Public Transit, and Urban Education                   
6.    Housing and Tax Policy as Education Reform
7.    The Local (Challenging the Rules of the Game)

Part III
Social Movements, New Public Policy, and Urban Educational Reform

8.    How Do People Become Involved in Political Contention?
9.    Building a New Social Movement
10.   Putting Urban Education at the Center

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