Tangled Up in School: Politics, Space, Bodies, and Signs in the Educational Process

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Contents
Prefacexi
Introductionxiii
1 Adults at Elementary School1
Politics and Power Shape the Spaces of Curriculum2
Mr. Watts's Transformation of the Curriculum8
Staffing10
Teaching Defined at the Intersection of Theory and Organization12
Shifting Meanings of the Term Whole Language16
Parent Resistance17
Thurber at the Intersection of City and Community Politics23
Mr. Watts's Response to the Letter28
Circuits and Fields30
Legitimization Through Economic Discourse43
2 A Tangle of Cities, Corporations, and Kids46
Industrial Decline and Economic Transformation46
The Merger Fight48
The New Century Council and Corporate-School Rhetorics51
Putting It Into Practice60
The Rebellion of the Teachers62
Schoolwork for Exchange67
Commodity Fetishism Versus the Fifth Grade69
Crossed Circuits80

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Sociocultural, Political, and Historical Studies in Education ii
  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Preface xi
  • Introduction xiii
  • 1 - Adults at Elementary School 1
  • 2 - A Tangle of Cities, Corporations, and Kids 46
  • 3 - Neighborhood Intersections 84
  • 4 - Intersections of Bodies And Spaces at School 119
  • 5 - Intersections of Kids, Signs, and Popular Culture 162
  • 6 - Loose Ends 196
  • 7 - Fieldwork As an Intersection 203
  • References 239
  • Author Index 249
  • Index 251
  • Subject Index 253
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