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Inequality, poverty, education: A political economy of school exclusion

  • Maria Tamboukou
Book Review

Francesca Ashurst and Couze VennPalgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, UK, 2014, vii–195pp, £58, ISBN 978-137-34700-8

Inequality, Poverty, Educationis an inspiring and well-crafted book, which looks at the political economy of school exclusion through the lenses of Foucauldian genealogy, a theoretical and methodological approach that is often written about but very rarely practiced as such. As a Nietzschean insight in Foucault’s work, genealogy is concerned with the processes, procedures and apparatuses, whereby truth and knowledge are produced, in the discursive regimes of modernity. Instead of asking in which kinds of discourse we are entitled to believe, Foucault’s genealogies pose the question of which kinds of practices, linked to which kinds of external conditions configure the different knowledges in which we ourselves figure. In this context, the genealogist’s task is to criticise, diagnose and demythologise ‘truth phenomena’. In my reading this is exactly what the book has...


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Maria Tamboukou
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  1. 1.Centre for Narrative Research, University of East LondonLondonUK

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