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By Barry Kanpol, Peter McLaren

This assortment explores the best way serious idea and perform can unite right into a universal imaginative and prescient of democratic wish. whereas every one writer has his or her personal uniqueness, the thread of shared goals is portrayed in a choice for harmony. The separate viewpoints are drawn jointly to represent a democratic platform for an enlightened severe schooling time table. From narrative to serious ethnography, case reviews discover the multicultural and gear struggles of states, districts, and colleges. in detail hooked up to all contributions during this assortment is the dedication of every writer to equally percentage a standard being pregnant of goal inside of a "language of possibility."

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There is no simple duality that distinguishes people as either those who dominate, exploit, or inflict pain on others, or those who are its recipients. ’’ These maps have demographically carved up the population so that it is assumed from the outset who is politically ‘‘progressive’’ and who is not. The political images and understandings that people adopt are, from this point of view, foretold, mainly waiting in the wings for the curtain to rise before making their appearance according to an already rehearsed dramatization.

These fields overlap and cut across one another, producing a complex social map of human aspirations and struggles. Such struggles have their own dynamic, character, and set of possibilities. Families, schools, religious communities, neighborhoods, workplaces, cultural institutions, state institutions, and so on sustain and focus deep, even explosive, tensions. While such tensions are fueled by the unrealized aspirations and disappointed hopes generated from within the culture, they cannot easily be assimilated to one another, reduced to one overarching problem that if resolved would herald a utopian transformation of the world—solving, at one stroke, all our problems and concerns.

32. Ernest Laclau and Chantal Mouffe, Hegemony and Socialist Strategy: Towards a Radical Democratic Politics. (London: Verso, 1985); see also Samuel Bowles and Herbert Gintin, Democracy and Capitalism (New York: Basic Books, 1986). 33. See, for example, Cox, Religion in the Secular City. 2 Radical Democracy, the Politics of Difference, and Education Michael Peters Are the democracies that govern the world’s richest countries capable of solving the problems that communism has failed to solve? That is the question.

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