Promises to Keep: Cultural Studies, Democratic Education, and Public Life


For all of its promise, US public education in the twentieth century never lived up to its democratic potential. Promises to Keep takes a serious look at the slow erosion of the fuller democratic meaning of a public education and a public life and explores the possibilities offered by emerging new progressivism. Inhabiting the intellectual and political space established by recent work in cultural studies, the essays collected here present the significant beginnings of a dialogue among various movements and discourses of democratic education and public life. Blending diverse approaches and distinguished scholars, this ambitious and timely volume struggles with the unfulfilled promises of history and offers hope for the future.

Additional information

Includes content by:
  • Dennis Carlson
  • Greg Dimitriadis
  • Peter McLaren
  • Ramin Farahmandpur
  • Kathleen Knight Abowitz
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • New York
Publication year:
  • 2003


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