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Education in Radical Uncertainty: Baudrillard as Transgression in Theory and Method
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Education in Radical Uncertainty: Baudrillard as Transgression in Theory and Method (Hardback)

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In Education in Radical Uncertainty, Stephen Carney and Ulla Ambrosius Madsen return to the philosophical and social critique of Jean Baudrillard and relate his work to the field of education, particularly to comparative studies of youth and schooling in different parts of the world. The book explores how the initial interest in Baudrillard's work has been replaced by skepticism, and how the field of educational studies has been complicit in marginalizing his influence. The authors argue that labelling Baudrillard as the most extreme of the post-modernists is both misguided and unfortunate, denying a generation of education researchers an engagement with insights that are both profound and challenging. They do so by exploring three of his key ideas: simulation leading to spectacle and seduction; integral reality leading to disappearance; and evil, reversibility and return.

The authors situate Baudrillard's works in the broader context of works by other post-foundational theorists, such as Michel Foucault and Gilles Deleuze, as well as exploring them in relation to empirical studies. Considering ethnographic work with youth in three quite different contexts - Denmark, South Korea and Zambia - the authors use a range of data to bring the different field studies alive and to contrast them with conventional portraits of the Global South. Encompassing both theoretical and methodological innovation, Education in Radical Uncertainty provides inspiration for scholars and students attempting to approach fields of comparative education and youth studies anew.

EducationEducation TheoryEducational strategies & policyMulticultural educationEducationEducation TheoryPhilosophy & theory of education Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC Publication Date: 12/08/2021 ISBN-13: 9781474298834  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Stephen Carney is Associate Professor in International Education Policy at Roskilde University, Denmark. His research focuses on global educational reform and has involved ethnographic work in Denmark, England, Nepal and China. He is active in the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES), especially its Special Interest Group concerned with 'Post-foundational approaches to comparative and international education'. He is also a member of Executive Committee of the Comparative Education Society of Europe (CESE). Ulla Ambrosius Madsen is Associate Professor of Educational Studies at Roskilde University, Denmark. She has carried out extensive field work in Mongolia, Eritrea, Nepal, South Korea, Zambia and Denmark with a focus on schooling and youth, research methodology and philosophy of education. She has written widely on these themes, especially in relation to the work of Jean Baudrillard.

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