ERIC Number: ED258916
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Conflict over Education in a Spatial Context: A Critical Review.
Public education has been and continues to be subject to a variety of conflicts, among them busing for racial balance and the search for an equitable process of financing education. This paper reviews some of the literature and documentation of educational conflicts. Two broad but not mutually exclusive categories of conflict are defined: (1) conflicts based on class struggle and (2) distributional conflicts. Prior to World War II the first type of struggle predominated; since then the second has been more important. Conflicts over the spatial reorganization of school districts, the construction of new schools, and tax increases are examples of distributional conflicts. A possible explanation for this historical change may be found in the changing relationship between people and their neighborhoods. Neighborhoods are increasingly seen as simply places to live rather than as the center of social relationships. They are shaped not by those relationships but by exclusionary zoning and financial institutions. Understanding these changes is crucial for understanding educational conflict. (IS)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Historical Materials
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers (Detroit, MI, April 1985).