From the Back Cover
The French philosopher Jacques Rancière is a provocative voice in the current public debate on democracy, equality and public education. He argues that what happens in the name of democracy and equality in education and policy is often the opposite: the 'neutralisation of politics'. He questions whether this current neutralisation is perhaps motivated by a hatred of democracy.
Instead of merely criticizing current practices and discourses, however, the appeal of Rancière's work is that it positively formulates what democracy is about, how equality can be a pedagogic or educational (instead of policy) concern, and what the public and democratic role of education is. These ideas are discussed by the contributors of this volume alongside those of Foucault, Derrida, Freire, and Butler.
About the Author
Maarten Simons is Professor at the Centre for Philosophy of Education, Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium. His research interests include educational policy, political and social philosophy and educational theory, with a specific focus on new modes of governance, globalisation/Europeanization and the public role of (higher) education and teachers. His recent publications include The Learning Society from the Perspective of Governmentality (ed., Blackwell, 2007) and Re-reading Education Policies: Studying the Policy Agenda of the 21st Century (ed., 2009).
Jan Masschelein is Professor for Philosophy of Education at the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium. His primary areas of scholarship are educational theory, social and political philosophy, and critical theory. His research currently focuses on the 'public' role of education (both secondary and higher education) in the age of networks and on 'mapping' and 'walking' as critical research practices. His recent publications include The Learning Society from the Perspective of Governmentality (ed., Blackwell, 2007).