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Marxist history and schooling: Beyond economism

Down, B. (1994) Marxist history and schooling: Beyond economism. Issues in Educational Research, 4 (1). pp. 1-17.

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Marxist history emphasises the linkage between economic production, social institutions and everyday life. Critics of Marxism claim that its analysis of schooling is simplistic, functional and deterministic The first part of this paper examines whether Marxist historical practice was in fact deterministic. It offers a non-reductionist and non-economistic reading of Marx's historical methodology. The second section moves on to consider some of the ways in which post-structuralist theorising can 'loosen-up' and revitalise mechanistic Marxist interpretations of the history of schooling.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Publisher: Institutes for Educational Research
Copyright: © 1994 The Western Australian Institute for Educational Research
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