The Handbook of Critical Approaches to Politics and Policy of Education provides a broad overview of educational policy and politics from critical perspectives engaging with both foundational and cutting edge topics. In critical perspectives, educational policy debates and programs for reform are about more than narrow questions of efficacy say to raise test scores or for simply more educational inclusion, fairer school spending, or even cultural responsiveness.  Rather, policy and reform debates represent contested visions for schools and society by social groups vying for hegemony. Critical approaches to educational policy and politics see schooling and education more broadly as contested terrain in which competing visions for education are imbricated with the material and symbolic interests and cultural ideologies of different classes and cultural groups. 

Chapters in this volume are organized into five sections. The first three sections provide a foundational overview to educational policy and politics, covering culture and politics of education, political economy of education, and subjectivity and education.  These chapters address longstanding and current policy and political debates as well as foundational theoretical debates.  The last two sections are organized around two themes that address some of the most significant recent directions of educational politics and policy: disaster politics and technology. 

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Routledge Handbook of Critical Approaches to Politics and Policy of Education
ByKenneth J. Saltman, Nicole Nguyen

part I|60 pages

Culture and Politics of Education

chapter 61|16 pages

The Politics and Cultural Politics of Education

ByKenneth J. Saltman

chapter 2|9 pages

The Centrality of Conscientization in Critical Pedagogy

ByDonaldo Macedo

chapter 3|13 pages

Democracy after Domination

Imagining Critical Education beyond Capitalist Futures
ByNoah De Lissovoy, Alex J. Armonda, Adam Martinez

chapter 4|8 pages

Rising Authoritarianism, Populism and the Challenge of Educational Leadership

ByAlexander J. Means, Kenneth J. Saltman

chapter 5|12 pages

Critical Research Methodology

A Realist Approach
ByMark Garrison

part II|60 pages

Political Economy of Education

chapter 666|12 pages

Political Economy of Education, Neoliberalism, and Corporate School Reform 1

ByKenneth J. Saltman

chapter 7|12 pages

The Political Economy of Global Education Policy 1

ByFrancine Menashy, Caroline (Carly) Manion

chapter 8|12 pages

“Innovative” Educational Finance

The Role of Financial Capital in Shaping Schooling
ByDavid I. Backer, Dan Cohen

chapter 9|12 pages

The Political Economy of Immigration, Xenophobia, and Educational Language Policy

ByJason Goulah, Isabel Nuñez

chapter 10|10 pages

Beyond the Neoliberal Crisis in Education

Educating for the Common Good
ByDavid Hursh

part III|50 pages

Subjectivity and Education

chapter 12611|24 pages

“That Is Who ‘We’ Are”

The “Public Secret”: Racial Violence/White Supremacy, Public Policy and Public Education
ByEnora R. Brown

chapter 12|10 pages

The Precarious Subject of Neoliberal Education

Resilient Life in the Catastrophic Conjuncture
ByGraham B. Slater

chapter 13|14 pages

Building Transformative Justice Communities

Why Abolitionist Work in Schools Is, and Must Always be, Feminist 1
ByChrissy A.Z. Hernandez, Farima Pour-Khorshid, Erica R. Meiners, Sheeva Sabati

part IV|28 pages

Schooling and the Politics of Disaster

chapter 17614|7 pages

Beyond Pandemic Pedagogies in the Age of Fascist Politics

ByHenry A. Giroux

chapter 15|12 pages

Contested Terrain

School Militarism and the Battle for Hearts and Minds
ByScott Harding, Seth Kershner

chapter 16|7 pages

Anthropocene, Education, and the Politics of Extinction

ByAlexander J. Means

part V|49 pages


chapter 20417|13 pages

Transforming the Extractive Politics of STEM Education and CTE

ByDaniel Morales-Doyle, Kenneth Booker

chapter 18|11 pages

EdTech, Market Logics, and Pedagogic Containment

Critical Pedagogies for a Critical Moment 1
ByMorgan Anderson

chapter 19|12 pages

Confronting the Digital Leviathan in Education

On Cybernetic Pedagogy and Data-Intensive Algorithmic Technologies
ByMark Garrison

chapter 20|11 pages

Global Teacher Movements Contra EdTech

Taking on Inequality and Resisting Neoliberal Education Reforms in the Time of COVID
ByCarol Anne Spreen, Lucas Cone