To some, the materials in this book may seem overly simplified. Certain chapters--those on the social relations of production, for instance--may appear uneven in their level of sophistication. It is the writer's opinion, however, that the philosophical and abstract ideas presented here need to find a wider audience.
It is my intention that the book be of interest not only to specialists in the areas of social philosophy, sociology, and psychoanalysis but also to other people who are interested in schooling and the way human identity is formed in capitalist systems.
From the nature of such an undertaking one feels a need to express one's gratitude toward the many friends who helped and supported this effort. For continuous friendship and support, I should like particularly to thank my colleagues, Professors Walter F. Beckman, J. Kenneth Preble, Louise Adler, and William Callison. For long-term intellectual dueling and friendship, I should like to express my debt to Professor Emeritus Conrad Briner of Claremont Graduate School. For the time made available to me through a sabbatical leave from California State University, Fullerton, I want to thank Professor Mary Kay Tetrault, Dean of the School of Human Development and Community Services.
Finally, I want to thank Sue and Stacy, my wife and daughter, for their love, understanding, and friendship. Of course I alone am responsible for the ways materials were analyzed and presented in this book.