Identity and Ideology: Sociocultural Theories of Schooling

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Rothstein maintains that schools in all societies inculcate students with ideological understandings of themselves and their economic systems. Using a Freudo-Marxian approach, he explores the impact of capitalism on schooling in America and Europe and traces the formation of the individual's public and private identities. The book employs sociological, economic, and psychoanalytic perspectives to study the propagation of capitalist culture through education, and examines the way in which educational institutions reproduce the social relations of school and society. Rothstein concludes that education must be liberated from their arbitrary practices and links with the labor market.

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