Education's prisoners: schooling, the political economy, and the prison industrial complex

McGrew, Ken (2007) Education's prisoners: schooling, the political economy, and the prison industrial complex. Studies in the Postmodern Theory of Education, 325 . Peter Lang Publishing, Inc., New York. ISBN 9781433101755

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Abstract

Education's Prisoners sheds light on the complicated relationship among the educational system, the political economy, and the prison industrial system in the United States. Working within the tradition of critical theory, this critical ethnography posits more than accidental connection among these phenomena, and engages in a debate with existing literature within critical theory related to structure and agency. The life stories of the participants and their perspectives on their social circumstances provide a tool for deepening and questioning our understandings of these matters. In addition to its substantive findings, this book allows us to see in human terms how structures and forces in society contribute to the outcomes of school failure and incarceration that are usually measured in percentages and correlations. It suggests wasps of improving classroom experiences and improving the life chances of young people.

Keywords:ethnography, critical ethnography, critical theory, critical pedagogy, criminology, resistance theory, reproduction theory, production theory, education, school, political economy, prison industrial complex, race, class, gender
Subjects:L Social studies > L433 Education Policy
X Education > X990 Education not elsewhere classified
X Education > X390 Academic studies in Education not elsewhere classified
X Education > X300 Academic studies in Education
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Education
ID Code:15535
Deposited On:03 Jan 2015 18:47

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