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ERIC Number: ED407456
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
Pages: 24
Abstractor: N/A
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Urbanism in Educational Thought: Mobilizing the Teacher through Diversity and Community.
Hennon, Lisa
Recent American educational research focuses on the differences between urban and nonurban schools. Ideas such as "inner city" are taken as self-evident and are imposed as a way to achieve a more just and equitable national system of schooling. The urban environment is singled out as violent. This essay takes the position that the distinction between urban and nonurban schools is not new, and that it has operated historically as a space of opposition between a "reasonable" place, person, or citizen, and the "other." Through this oppositional space, hierarchies of moral competencies are produced. This perspective destabilizes the ideas of "inner city" and "urban" by conceptualizing the oppositional space as urbanism and examining ways "the city" has been both a model and instrument of political reflection. The imposed logics of markets and multiculturalism are used to examine the current shift to regarding community as a moral plane for citizenship. New ways of looking at cities can bring out the study of discursive spatial relations of government at a distance that have entered into the constructions of the child, teacher, family, or community. (Contains 65 references.) (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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