Schooling as a Ritual Performance: Towards a Political Economy of Educational Symbols and Gestures / Edition 3

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One of the most compelling ethnographies of school ever written, "Schooling as a Ritual Performance" has for over a decade made its mark among educators, sociologists, and those seeking to understand the cultural meaning of classroom practices. Written by one of the major world figures on the educational left, "Schooling as a Ritual Performance" is a pioneering study of the partnership between capitalism and religion and the educational offspring it produces. Not since Paul Willis' "Learning to Labor" has an educational ethnography about schooling so pushed the limits of current social theory. Now, in a new edition to this classic text, McLaren engages with some of the latest anthropological thinking and presents readers with a powerful manifesto for critical ethnography in the coming millennium.

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Editorial Reviews

Educational Studies (Usa)
Since 1983, Peter McLaren has released a torrent of books, articles, and rejoinders that have altered the landscape of educational discourse. . .his writing contains dizzying examples of raids made into fields previously untried and untested in educational analyses. . . .The Coda is vintage McLareniana.
— Phillip Roth
Educational Theory
. . . He helps us to see more clearly the nature of our lostness and the barely visible sparks of liberation.
— David E. Purpel
Harvard Educational Review
A serious and important contribution to classroom ethnography.
— Karen Ann Watson-Gegeo
Journal Of Curriculum Theorizing
McLaren’s pioneering discussions of the physicality of oppression moves beyond his predecessors.
— Deborah Britzman
Journal Of Ritual Studies
Those who have been waiting for a successor to Jonathon Kozol may find in this book an alternative source of anthropological criticism of schooling.
— Richard Fenn
London Times Higher Education Supplement
Groundbreaking. . . brilliant. . .a tour de force.
— Stephen Ball
Schooling as Ritual Performance is an important book, not because it shows us once again how schools work to reproduce the present social arrangements, but because it illustrates the subtle way in which universes of symbolic meaning are realigned and then imposed on the consciousness of students through the medium of ritual.
— Thomas Shearer
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780847691951
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/12/1999
  • Series: Culture and Education Series
  • Edition description: KDenn
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 430
  • Product dimensions: 5.78 (w) x 8.76 (h) x 1.18 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter McLaren is one of the foremost social theorists in North America and a leading international figure on the educational left. He is known throughout the world for his political criticism and his passionate commitment to social justice. McLaren teaches in the Division of Urban Schooling at the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. His most recent book is Revolutionary Multiculturalism: Pedagogies of Dissent for the New Millennium (Westview Press, 1997). His work has been published in eleven languages.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction to the Third Edition: Ethnographic Research as the Practice of Possibility: Towards a Revolutionary Ethnography Chapter 2 Education as a Cultural System Chapter 3 The Setting Chapter 4 The Structure of Conformity Chapter 5 The Antistructure of Resistance Chapter 6 Making Catholics Chapter 7 Summary, Recommendations, and Reflections Chapter 8 Coda Chapter 9 Afterword

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