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ERIC Number: ED517877
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Oct
Pages: 368
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-978-0-5211-9628-4
Education and the Creation of Capital in the Early American Republic
Beadie, Nancy
Cambridge University Press
This book argues that schools were a driving force in the formation of social, political, and financial capital during the market revolution and capitalist transition of the early republican era. Grounded in an intensive study of schooling in the Genesee Valley region of upstate New York, it traces early sources of funding and support for education (including common schools and various forms of higher schooling) to their roots in different social and economic networks and trade and credit relations. It then interprets that story in the context of other major developments in early American social, political, and economic history, such as the shift from agricultural to non-agricultural production, the integration of rural economies into translocal capitalist markets, the organization of the Second Great Awakening, the transformation of patriarchy, the expansion of white male suffrage, the emergence of the Secondary American Party System, and the formation of the modern liberal state. This book is divided into three parts. Part I, Education and Social Capital Formation, contains the following: (1) Introduction--The Place of Schooling in a Transforming Political Economy; (2) Creating Social Capital--Norms of School and Community Building; (3) A Matter of Trust--Neighbors and Strangers; (4) Discipline--Evangelicalism as an Educational Movement; (5) Bonding and Bridging--The Methodist Economy; and (6) Development--Evangelicalism and Capital Formation. Part II, Schools as Agencies of Politicization, contains the following: (7) Between Markets and the State--Venture Schools and Academies; (8) Political Economies of Schooling--Academies and Common Schools; (9) Education and Civic Engagement--Schools and Politics; (10) Diffusing Intelligence--Education and Formation of the Liberal State; (11) Denominational Politics and Institution-Building; and (12) Education and Coalition Building. Part III, Education and Economic Transformation, contains the following: (13) Education as an Object of Capital Investment; (14) Varieties of Trust--Education and Economic Competition; (15) Controlling Capital--Education and the Politics of Economic Change; (16) Success--Education and the Culture of the Market; (17) Panic--Education and the Discipline of the Market; (18) Friends--Learning the Value of Trust; and (19) Conclusion: Education and the Creation of Capital. An appendix is also included.
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Publication Type: Books; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New York