Michel Foucault: Materialism and Education

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  • Edition: Revised
  • Format: Nonspecific Binding
  • Copyright: 2006-05-15
  • Publisher: Routledge

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Michel Foucault is arguably one of the most important thinkers of the twentieth century and his works are some of the most difficult to grasp. In Michel Foucault: Materialism and Education , Mark Olssen offers one of the most accessible overviews of Foucault's thought available to educators and general readers, putting into context the relevance of Foucault's thought (which is significant) to contemporary educational philosophy and theory. Olssen adds important new insights to Foucault scholarship by bringing to light the influences of other thinkers such as Marx, Nietzsche, Gramsci, Habermas, and others on Foucault's development as a thinker and their influence on the deep historical materialist strand that grounds and uniquely characterizes so much of Foucault's thought.

Author Biography

Mark Olssen is Professor of Political Theory and Education Policy in the Department of Political, International, and Policy Studies at the University of Surrey.

Table of Contents

Preface to the Enlarged Paperback Editionp. ix
Introductionp. 1
The Modified Realism of Michel Foucaultp. 7
Foucault's Methodsp. 9
Power and the Selfp. 19
Considering Foucault as Historical Materialistp. 39
Foucault's Different Facesp. 41
Foucault and Marxismp. 51
Relativismp. 75
Foucault and Gramsci: Is There a Basis for Convergence?p. 95
Foucault and the Tasks of Educationp. 119
Foucault and Critical Theoryp. 121
Educating the Selfp. 153
Foucault's Influence on Educational Researchp. 175
Freedom, Materialism, Politics, Ethicsp. 195
Bibliographyp. 223
Indexp. 251
About the Authorp. 259
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