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ERIC Number: EJ952857
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 57
ISSN: ISSN-0142-5692
Reimagining Critical Theory
Rexhepi, Jevdet; Torres, Carlos Alberto
British Journal of Sociology of Education, v32 n5 p679-698 2011
This paper discusses Critical Theory, a model of theorizing in the field of the political sociology of education. We argue for a "reimagined" Critical Theory to herald an empowering, liberatory education that fosters curiosity and critical thinking, and a means for successful bottom-up, top-down political engagement. We present arguments at a theoretical and meta-theoretical level, leaving empirical analysis to a future writing. We hold it impossible: to fully dissociate normative from the analytical in constructing scientific thought, thus showing the importance of the notion of a "good society" to guide varied intellectual explorations; to deny the political role of education; and to detach from historicity of thought and policy prescriptions emerging from such theorizing, as not all social constructions are equal in terms of logical configuration, methodological rigor, or solid empirical proof. What follows are snapshots of how we can "reimagine" the historical present, and how Critical Theory can impact the new theorizing of sociology of education. (Contains 7 notes.)
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Language: English
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