chapter  6
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Educational and Political Work: Is Success Possible?

I have tried to do a number of things in this volume. A good deal of my argument has involved a conceptual and empirical critique of mechanistic theories of reproduction, without denying the very real "determinations" that exist. I have claimed that it is no simple matter merely to reduce all aspects of the form and content of the hidden and overt curriculum in schools to direct expressions of economic needs. Even when education does "function" to support the maintenance of our current mode of production, the reasons for this are highly mediated and always embody more than a simple functionality. In large part, this is due to the fact that one cannot read culture and politics as mirror-like images that passively reflect dominant class interests. To do so is to be inherently un dialectical, as well as to ignore the crucial significance and dynamics of patriarchy.