ERIC Number: EJ1047277
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
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Reference Count: 23
Spatializing Marxist Educational Theory: School, the Built Environment, Fixed Capital and (Relational) Space
Ford, Derek R.
Policy Futures in Education, v12 n6 p784-793 2014
Over the last two decades, educational theory has begun to incorporate analyses of space where formerly temporal considerations dominated. In this article, Marxist educational theory is spatialized by considering the school as (1) a form of fixed capital, (2) a crucial aspect of the built environment and (3) a relational space. The author begins by sketching Marxist educational theory, relying heavily on the work of Glenn Rikowski. Critically taking up Rikowski's call to center the social reproduction of the labor power in educational analysis, he moves to an exploration of the role that space plays in this process, concentrating primarily on work by Marx and David Harvey. This spatialization helps to ground the current struggles over educational standardization and privatization within a broader critique of the capitalist mode of production.
Descriptors: Educational Theories, Marxian Analysis, Physical Environment, School Space, School Buildings, Privatization, Electronic Learning, High Stakes Tests, Standardized Tests
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