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Boxley, Simon – Policy Futures in Education, 2017
In Peter McLaren's words "We need a philosophically grounded alternative to capitalism", but what does such a philosophical grounding look like? Need it be shared? The philosophical basis for practice was not shared by Lenin and Bogdanov, for example, and yet both retained the ability to work together in the Bolshevik party. There's a…
Descriptors: Epistemology, Philosophy, Social Systems, Political Attitudes
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Cole, Mike – Policy Futures in Education, 2014
This article is in three parts. In part one, the author begins by examining the onset of austerity/immiseration capitalism in the United Kingdom. Austerity/immiseration capitalism has witnessed the decline of state multiculturalism and increasing attempts to deflect attention away from the failures of capitalism by playing the "race…
Descriptors: Social Systems, Islam, Cultural Pluralism, Racial Bias
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Small, David – Policy Futures in Education, 2011
Until the global financial crisis, neo-liberalism had appeared invincible. This article examines the global rise of neo-liberalism and its impact on education, particularly its treatment of the social democratic ideal of equality. Drawing on examples from education and other socio-political factors, it considers whether the financial crisis is…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Political Attitudes, Ideology, Economic Development
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Bobulescu, Roxana – Policy Futures in Education, 2008
Born in France in 1997, the ATTAC (Association for the Taxation of Financial Transactions to Aid Citizens) movement is popularising IPE (international political economy), the interdisciplinary field of study born in the United Kingdom in the 1970s. The affinity between the ideas and main concerns of ATTAC and IPE can be clearly stated. ATTAC is a…
Descriptors: Popular Education, Critical Theory, Critical Reading, Foreign Countries
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Green, Anthony – Policy Futures in Education, 2007
This articles addresses the conservative dynamics of "neoconservatism" in the field of education with particular reference to possible complementarities between the "voices" of two, seemingly alternative public intellectuals. These dynamics are conceptualized as part of what is, in social realist mode,…
Descriptors: Social Justice, Morale, Political Attitudes, Foreign Countries
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Clarke, John – Policy Futures in Education, 2007
This article addresses the question: what is not neoliberal? It explores the problem of treating neoliberalism's universalising ambitions as having come true in practice and argues that this obscures both the uneven and partial impact of neoliberalism and the forms of political cultural work that are needed to make it come true. Focusing on one…
Descriptors: Public Service, Political Attitudes, Time Perspective, Citizen Role
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Cole, Mike – Policy Futures in Education, 2005
The author first briefly outlines what he considers to be the defining features of transmodernism and its relationship both to postmodernism and to Marxism. He then suggests that transmodern interpretations of the legacy of the European invasions of the Americas are illuminating, as is Marxism, in providing an understanding of how the imperialism…
Descriptors: Political Attitudes, Democracy, Social Change, Foreign Policy
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Olssen, Mark – Policy Futures in Education, 2004
This article explores the relationship of Foucault to Marxism. Although he was often critical of Marxism, Foucault's own approach bears striking parallels to Marxism, as a form of method, as an account of history, and as an analysis of social structure. Like Marxism, Foucault represents social practices as transitory and all knowledge and…
Descriptors: Economic Development, Political Attitudes, Educational Attitudes, Social Structure
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Steele, Tom; Taylor, Richard – Policy Futures in Education, 2004
In British adult education Marxism has been a persistent if marginalised current that has consistently informed its more radical movements and practitioners. This article firstly introduces some contested Marxist perspectives on adult education, particularly around the issues of ideology and incorporation into bourgeois society. Secondly, it…
Descriptors: Political Attitudes, Community Education, War, Adult Education
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Peters, Michael A. – Policy Futures in Education, 2004
In a paper presented in July 2003 to Labour's National Policy Forum, the main policy-making body in the United Kingdom, Liam Byrne, a research associate of the Social Market Foundation, forecast the major problems that will face government in Britain in 2020. As reported in the "Guardian" (9 August 2003): "British national…
Descriptors: Health Services, Economic Progress, Political Attitudes, Foreign Countries
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Cole, Mike – Policy Futures in Education, 2004
The author begins by discussing David Geoffrey Smith's analysis of the enantiomorphism inherent in the rhetoric of New American Imperialism. He goes on to examine critically Smith's defence of Enrique Dussel's advocacy of transmodernism as a way of understanding this enantiomorphism and of moving beyond what are seen as the constraints of both…
Descriptors: Social Systems, Role of Education, Postmodernism, Educational Change