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MIGRATION AND EDUCATION

CALL FOR PAPERS
A Special Issue on MIGRATION AND EDUCATION

The journal Power and Education (www.wwwords.co.uk/POWER) is publishing a special issue on Migration and Education. Papers should address the role education can and should play in the context of migration and/or what migration reveals and conceals about power and education. Migration should be considered as means of empowerment as well as disempowerment. Papers are welcome from all educational disciplines.

The International Organization for Migration estimates that nearly 200 million people across the world are currently living outside their place of birth and that about 3% of the global population are therefore migrants. The mass movement of people in the 21st Century has significant implications for education – from the need to meet legal obligations to educate the children of migrants to the internationalisation of the academic marketplace. Moreover, the legacies of historic migrations continue to impact on education – from the subjugation (and the occasional post-colonial resurrection) of indigenous practices and knowledges to the ethnic lines that still fracture the socio-economic structures of education. If migration presents ‘problems’ then education has a part to play in their resolution – education is widely recognised as a key element of social integration and whilst intolerance can be learned tolerance and mutual respect can be taught.

Power runs through all these issues. It can also be discerned in the on-going debate between multiculturalism and assimilation and the question of whether migrants should be taught the culture of their host countries. Other questions saturated with power include: What histories of migration should be taught? How is the commercialisation of education in an increasingly globalised world driving migration? What is the proper and just approach to the distribution of (typically limited) educational resources to migrants? To what extent can migration be harnessed to empower intercultural education and education for global citizenship?

This special issue of Power and Education will address the complexities of migration from a range of educational disciplines and theoretical frameworks. Contributions are invited that engage with all aspects of migration, including voluntary and forced migration and intra-country migration (e.g. from rural to urban areas) as they impact on children and/or adults and on students and/or teachers. Historical perspectives on the educational legacies of previous migrations are welcome as are considerations of the transition from immigration to integration. Education should be considered in its broadest terms to include all stages of formal education, lifelong learning and informal education. Contributions should specifically address issues of power and/in education and the journal will consider papers engaging with all power paradigms.

Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:
• the Bologna Process
• the ‘brain drain’ and its consequences
• children and language learning
• cultural capital and countries of origin
• displaced children and the inclusion agenda
• global citizenship
• immigration and integration
• refugee academics
• social constructions and interpretations of migration
• teaching and learning diversity in schools

Papers should be no longer than 7000 words and should be submitted by 31 July 2011. Reviews of relevant books are also encouraged. Information on how to submit papers can be found at www.wwwords.co.uk/POWER/howtocontribute.asp

Questions about this special issue and the journal should be sent to the editor, Michael F. Watts, via the journal’s website.

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Higher Education

POLICY FUTURES IN EDUCATION – VOLUME 8 NUMBER 5 2010

 

POLICY FUTURES IN EDUCATION
Volume 8 Number 5 2010  ISSN 1478-2103

Now available at: http://www.wwwords.co.uk/pfie/content/pdfs/8/issue8_5.asp

ARTICLES

Ruyu Hung. In Search of Affective Citizenship: from the pragmatist-phenomenological perspective

Martin J. Power. ‘You Can Only Get a Degree!’ Theoretically Situating the Alterations to the Back to Education Allowance Welfare to Education Programme of 2003/04

Athena Vongalis-Macrow. Reconceptualising Access in Education Policy: method and mindset

Tina (A.C.) Besley. Governmentality of Youth: managing risky subjects

Ana Canen. Teaching Racial Literacy: challenges and contributions of multiculturalism

Beth Cross. Link or Breach? The Role of Trust in Developing Social Capital within a Family Literacy Project

Michael A. Peters. Openness, Web 2.0 Technology, and Open Science

Adam Davidson-Harden. Interrogating the University as an Engine of Capitalism: neoliberalism and academic ‘raison d’état’

SYMPOSIUM
Andrew Stables. New Worlds Rising?
William Scott. New Worlds Rising? The View from the Sustainable School
John Blewitt. New Worlds Rising? The View from Transdisciplinary Lifelong Learning

OCCASIONAL THOUGHTS
Henry A. Giroux. Tortured Memories and the Culture of War
Access to the full texts of current articles is restricted to those who have a Personal subscription, or those whose institution has a Library subscription. However, all articles become free-to-view 18 months after publication.

PERSONAL SUBSCRIPTION (single user access). Subscription to the 2010 issues (i.e. full access to the articles in Volume 8, Numbers 1-6) is available to individuals at a cost of US$54.00. Personal subscriptions also include automatic free access to ALL PAST ISSUES. If you wish to subscribe you may do so immediately at www.wwwords.co.uk/subscribePFIE.asp

LIBRARY SUBSCRIPTION (institution-wide access). If you are working within an institution that maintains a Library, please urge them to purchase a Library subscription so access is provided throughout your institution; full details for libraries can be found at www.symposium-journals.co.uk/prices.html

For all editorial matters, including articles offered for publication, please contact Professor Michael A. Peters (mpet001@illinois.edu).

In the event of problems concerning a subscription, or difficulty in gaining access to the journal articles, please contact the publishers at support@symposium-journals.co.uk

Glenn Rikowski and Ruth Rikowski have a number of articles in Policy Futures in Education. These are:

Rikowski, Ruth (2003) Value – the Life Blood of Capitalism: knowledge is the current key, Policy Futures in Education, Vol.1 No.1, pp.160-178: http://www.wwwords.co.uk/pdf/viewpdf.asp?j=pfie&vol=1&issue=1&year=2003&article=9_Rikowski_PFIE_1_1&id=195.93.21.68

Rikowski, Glenn (2004) Marx and the Education of the Future, Policy Futures in Education, Vol.2 Nos. 3 & 4, pp.565-577, online at: http://www.wwwords.co.uk/pdf/viewpdf.asp?j=pfie&vol=2&issue=3&year=2004&article=10_Rikowski_PFEO_2_3-4_web&id=195.93.21.71

Rikowski, Ruth (2006) A Marxist Analysis of the World Trade Organisation’s Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights, Policy Futures in Education, Vol.4 No.4: http://www.wwwords.co.uk/pdf/viewpdf.asp?j=pfie&vol=4&issue=4&year=2006&article=7_Rikowski_PFIE_4_4_web&id=205.188.117.66

Rikowski, Ruth (2008) Review Essay: ‘On Marx: An introduction to the revolutionary intellect of Karl Marx’, by Paula Allman, Policy Futures in Education, Vol.6 No.5, pp.653-661: http://www.wwwords.co.uk/pdf/validate.asp?j=pfie&vol=6&issue=5&year=2008&article=11_Rikowski_PFIE_6_5_web

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Socialist Project

INTERNATIONAL REVIEW OF SOCIALIST HISTORY

VOLUME 55, ISSUE 02, AUGUST 2010

Research Articles

Experiences in Common: Slavery and “Freedom” in the Process of Rio de Janeiro’s Working-Class Formation (1850–1910)
Marcelo Badaró Mattos
International Review of Social History, Volume 55, Issue 02, August 2010, pp 193-213
doi:10.1017/S0020859010000167 (About doi), Available on CJO 28 Jul 2010 (?)

Transnational Experts in Social Reform, 1840–1880
Chris Leonards and Nico Randeraad
International Review of Social History, Volume 55, Issue 02, August 2010, pp 215-239
doi:10.1017/S0020859010000179 (About doi), Available on CJO 28 Jul 2010 (?)

Suggestions and Debates

“The World the Horses Made”: A South African Case Study of Writing Animals into Social History
Sandra Swart, International Review of Social History, Volume 55, Issue 02, August 2010, pp 241-263
doi:10.1017/S0020859010000192 (About doi), Available on CJO 28 Jul 2010 (?)

Survey

A Brave New World: The Left, Social Engineering, and Eugenics in Twentieth-Century Europe
Leo Lucassen
International Review of Social History, Volume 55, Issue 02, August 2010, pp 265-296
doi:10.1017/S0020859010000209 (About doi), Available on CJO 28 Jul 2010 (?)

Review Essays

New and Old Spirits of Capitalism
Sara R. Farris
International Review of Social History, Volume 55, Issue 02, August 2010, pp 297-306
doi:10.1017/S0020859010000210 (About doi), Available on CJO 28 Jul 2010 (?)

Comparing Labor Politics in the US and Australia: New Light on an Old Question
Shelton Stromquist
International Review of Social History, Volume 55, Issue 02, August 2010, pp 307-315
doi:10.1017/S0020859010000222 (About doi), Available on CJO 28 Jul 2010 (?)

Book Reviews

Beate Sturm. “Wat ich schuldich war”: Privatkredit im frühneuzeitlichen Hannover (1550–1750). [Vierteljahrschrift für
Sozial- und Wirtschaftsgeschichte: Beihefte.] Steiner, Stuttgart 2009. 336 pp. €62.00
Jaco Zuijderduijn
International Review of Social History, Volume 55, Issue 02, August 2010, pp 317-318
doi:10.1017/S0020859010000325 (About doi), Available on CJO 28 Jul 2010 (?)

Jerry Z. Muller Capitalism and the Jews. Princeton University Press, Princeton 2010. 267 pp. $24.95; £16.95
Mario KesslerInternational Review of Social History, Volume 55, Issue 02, August 2010, pp 318-321
doi:10.1017/S0020859010000337 (About doi), Available on CJO 28 Jul 2010 (?)

Civil Society, Associations and Urban Places: Class, Nation and Culture in Nineteenth-Century Europe. Ed. by Graeme Morton, Boudien de Vries, and Robert John Morris. Ashgate. Aldershot [etc.]. 2006. xiv, 220 pp. £55.00
Social Capital and Associations in European Democracies: A comparative analysis. Ed. by William A. Maloney and Sigrid Roßteutscher. [Routledge Research in Comparative Politics.] Routledge, London [etc.] 2007. xvii, 308 pp. £70.00.
Irina Novichenko
International Review of Social History, Volume 55, Issue 02, August 2010, pp 321-326
doi:10.1017/S0020859010000349 (About doi), Available on CJO 28 Jul 2010 (?)

Reşat Kasaba. A Moveable Empire: Ottoman Nomads, Migrants, and Refugees. [Studies in Modernity and National Identity.] University of Washington Press, Seattle [etc.] 2009. x, 194 pp. $70.00. (Paper $30.00.)
M. Erdem Kabadayı
International Review of Social History, Volume 55, Issue 02, August 2010, pp 327-328
doi:10.1017/S0020859010000350 (About doi), Available on CJO 28 Jul 2010 (?)

Lucien Van der Walt and Schmidt Michael. Black Flame. The Revolutionary Class Politics of Anarchism and Syndicalism.
[Counterpower, Vol. I.] AK Press, Edinburgh [etc.] 2009. 395 pp. $22.95
Ruth Kinna
International Review of Social History, Volume 55, Issue 02, August 2010, pp 329-331
doi:10.1017/S0020859010000362 (About doi), Available on CJO 28 Jul 2010 (?)

The Encyclopedia of Strikes in American History. Ed by Aaron Brenner, Benjamin Day, and Immanuel Ness. M.E. Sharpe, Armonk, New York [etc.] 2009. xxxix, 750 pp. Ill. $175.00
Paul F. Lipold
International Review of Social History, Volume 55, Issue 02, August 2010, pp 331-334
doi:10.1017/S0020859010000374 (About doi), Available on CJO 28 Jul 2010 (?)

Elena Shulman. Stalinism on the Frontier of Empire: Women and State Formation in the Soviet Far East Cambridge University Press, Cambridge 2008
Marianna Muravyeva
International Review of Social History, Volume 55, Issue 02, August 2010, pp 334-336
doi:10.1017/S002085901000043X (About doi), Available on CJO 28 Jul 2010 (?)

Jacob Eyferth. Eating Rice from Bamboo Roots. The Social History of a Community of Handicraft Papermakers in Rural Sichuan, 1920–2000. Harvard University Press. 335 pp. Ill. $45.00; £33.95; € 40.50
Christine Moll-Murata
International Review of Social History, Volume 55, Issue 02, August 2010, pp 336-339doi:10.1017/S0020859010000441 (About doi), Available on CJO 28 Jul 2010

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Work, work, work

CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK – UPDATE 8th AUGUST 2010

EVENTS

POLICY IN FOCUS WEBINAR

September 8, 2010
12:00-1:00 p.m. EST

Join Wendy Cukier to discuss diversity in leadership.

The webinar will be a discussion of the latest Maytree Policy in Focus issue, Diverse Leadership Fuels Organizational Effectiveness and Prosperity.

To register, contact: policyinfocus@maytree.com

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FIVE GOOD IDEAS ABOUT REIMAGINING YOUR ORGANIZATION

Tuesday, September 21
12:00 – 2:00 p.m.
St. Michael’s College – Elmsley Hall, Charbonnel Lounge
81 St. Mary Street (closest subways are Bay Station and Museum Station)

Nick Saul, Executive Director of The Stop Community Food Centre, will share Five Good Ideas gleaned from his work in transforming a small, local food bank into a thriving community food centre. The Stop’s story has lessons and inspirational ideas for everyone interested in building healthy community organizations, inclusive public space and creating social change.

Register online at http://maytree.com/training/five-good-ideas (Space is limited so register early. There is no cost for the workshop and a light lunch will be provided.)

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INVITATION TO KAIROS 2010 REGIONAL MEETINGS

Dear Friends,

Thank you so much for all the support you have given KAIROS and the actions you have taken over the last year. As many of you know, we were encouraged by MPs to reapply, and have done so. We are now awaiting the decision on this part of our work.

Meanwhile, we continue to work together on issues of human rights and ecological justice, and are encouraged in this by your ongoing support. Thank you.

We would like to take this opportunity to invite you to our upcoming Regional Meeting in your area. Regional Meetings give us the opportunity to reflect on the previous year’s events, struggles, and successes in addition to providing the space for building connections and relationships. Local committees have organized these meetings with local issues in mind, and national staff will be on hand to introduce the upcoming campaigns and provide the newest resources and campaign materials for the coming year. The coming year’s campaign focus will be “The Land, Our Life: Indigenous Rights and Our Common Future.” Please visit the website for location information and to download the poster from your region:

http://www.kairoscanada.org/en/get-involved/network/fall-regional-meetings/

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HIGH PARK BBQ FUNDRAISER

Saturday Aug 14
12 noon-6 p.m.
High Park, Toronto (4th zone behind the swimming pool)

The Latin American Solidarity Network (LASN) is hosting a BBQ along with the Free the Cuban Five Committee – Toronto. This event will include food, drinks, music, soccer and other activities. The proceeds will go to two very good causes:
1. The legal defense fund for Ilian Burbano, a well respected member of our community, and the 8 Ontario Coalition against Poverty (OCAP) members that were arrested for peacefully protesting the special diet cuts by the Liberal government. Click for more info: http://ocap.ca/taxonomy/term/35

2. The Free the Cuban 5 Fund: The “Cuban 5” have been falsely labeled as terrorists in the U.S. Click for more info: http://www.freethefive.org/

Please RSVP to rburbano@hotmail.com and feel free to bring friends/partners and the whole family. Please also pass along the invitation to other supporters.

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REGIONAL SUMMITS ON HOSPITAL FEE-FOR-SERVICE FUNDING, ACROSS ONTARIO

The provincial government is changing the way hospitals are funded, moving away from block grants (called hospital global budgets) to a type of fee-for-service funding. This system has already been tried in the UK where it resulted in serious financial instability for hospitals, privatization and major cuts.

– Hamilton: Tues, Sept 21, 10am-3pm, Legion, 435 Limeridge Rd E
– Sault Ste. Marie: Wed, Sept 22-3pm, 10am-3pm, Legion, 96 Great Northern Rd
– London: Thurs, Sept 23, 10am-3pm, CAW Hall Local 27, 606 First St
– Sudbury: Sat, September 25, 10am-3pm, Legion, 1553 Weller St
– Ottawa: Mon, Sept 27, 10am-3pm, Ottawa Public Library, 120 Metcalfe St
– Toronto: Tues, Sept 28, 10:30am-3:30pm, Metro Central YMCA, 20 Grosvenor St

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NEWS & VIEWS

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS: GATHERING KNOWLEDGE ON EFFECTIVE PRACTICES IN UNION LED WORK RELATED LEARNING (MERX Reference # PR201340)

The project includes 2 related components: Gathering knowledge about specific effective practices in work related learning, led by, or with the full participation of unions; Gathering knowledge about the value of “Union Learning Representatives” as catalysts for, and facilitators of work related learning. Sponsoring organization: Centre for Workplace Skills/Centre pour les compétences en milieu de travail.

More info: http://bit.ly/cWqUfO
En français: http://bit.ly/9tNNkz

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REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS: WORKER ADJUSTMENT IN CANADA: UNDERSTANDING EFFECTIVE PRACTICES (MERX Reference # PR201332)

This knowledge gathering project seeks to identify and document current Canadian practices in worker adjustment with a particular emphasis on identifying the elements of such practices that lead to the most successful outcomes.  Adjustment is understood as those policies and practices which are employed to actively help workers who have lost or who are in danger of losing their jobs. These can include programs of two broad types:
1    Programs focused on workers from specific workplaces who are threatened with job loss or have been given layoff notices.
2    Programs organized by employers who may be potentially hiring of workers laid-off elsewhere. Sponsoring organization: Centre for Workplace Skills/Centre pour les compétences en milieu de travail.

More info: http://bit.ly/a87shq
En français: http://bit.ly/dutee1

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UPDATE ON WORKFORCE ESSENTIAL SKILLS PROJECT

PTP – Adult Learning and Employment Programs is pleased to share an update on its “Workforce Essential Skills across Canada (WESCan)” project.

WESCan is a 2-year project funded by the Office of Literacy and Essential Skills (OLES). Using our workforce literacy training system, including the CAMERA assessment and workwrite materials, PTP has been working closely with five partners across the country to build meaningful programming for adult learners. The resources that result from this project will be available for all interested parties.

More information can be found at: http://www.ptp.ca/wescan-workforce-essential-skills-across-canada/

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MAYTREE FOUNDATION: THE ONE SUMMIT BENEFIT

by Alan Broadbent

Did anything good come out of the G20 meetings? Apart from a luke-warm pledge on maternal health (which is unclear on abortion), and which might turn out like many G8-G20 “pledges” (remember aid to Africa?), was there a benefit?

Read more: http://maytree.com/spotlight/the-one-summit-benefit.html

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EVALUATING SOCIAL INNOVATION

Developmental Evaluation is a form of evaluation that has emerged for use in situations where more established forms of evaluation are not appropriate and may even be counter-productive.

In June 2010, Tamarack hosted a popular audio seminar on Developmental Evaluation (DE) with Michael Quinn Patton, one of the world’s leading authorities in evaluation. In his latest book, Developmental Evaluation: Applying Complexity Concepts to Enhance Innovation and Use, Michael provides real-life examples and frameworks that offer concrete ways to help – not hinder – the work of social innovators and change makers in an increasingly complex world.

Read full article: http://bit.ly/9jjbDB

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ENVISIONING THE FUTURE, FANNING THE FLAMES

15,000 Attend Detroit Social Forum: High-Energy Gathering Fires Up A New Generation of Activists in
U.S. Left and Social Movements

by Carl Davidson, The Bullet

When 15,000 vibrant and politically engaged people gather in one spot for five days and organize themselves into more than 1000 workshops, dozens of major plenaries and late night parties across five major cultural hot spots, no one article can claim to give a full account and get away with it.

Read more: http://www.socialistproject.ca/bullet/392.php

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ONLINE JOURNAL ARTICLES

A NETWORK PERSPECTIVE ON STATE-SOCIETY SYNERGY TO INCREASE COMMUNITY-LEVEL SOCIAL CAPITAL
Danielle M. Varda
Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly published 6 August 2010, 10.1177/0899764010378171
http://nvs.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/0899764010378171v1

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EXPLODING CITIES: HOUSING THE MASSES IN PARIS, CHICAGO, AND MEXICO CITY, 1850—2000
Harold L. Platt
Journal of Urban History 2010;36 575-593
http://juh.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/36/5/575

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“WHOSE INQUIRY IS THIS ANYWAY?” MONEY, POWER, REPORTS, AND COLLABORATIVE INQUIRY
Elizabeth Kasl and Lyle Yorks
Adult Education Quarterly 2010;60 315-338
http://aeq.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/60/4/315

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JOB POSTINGS

ASSOCIATE PHONE MANAGER, GREENPEACE, TORONTO ON

[from Canada’s Green Job Site, http://www.GoodWorkCanada.ca]

Position: Associate Phone Manager (Part-time & weekend)
Organization: Greenpeace Canada
Location: Toronto, Ontario

Reports to: Phone Manager
Salary rate: $19.59/hour plus excellent benefits package
Duration: until December 17, 2010 with possibility of becoming permanent
Work hours: 21 hours per week, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 3:30 to 8:30 pm, Saturday, 12:00pm to 6:00pm
Closing date for applications: September 8, 2010

For more info: http://www.goodworkcanada.ca/greenjobs.php?id=11922

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CSI (CENTRE FOR SOCIAL INNOVATION) SEEKS NEW COMMUNICATION STAFF LEAD!

The Communication Manager is a wizard of words, a communication strategist and the shameless promoter of all things CSI. Equally comfortable devising a marketing strategy and writing communication materials, this person will tell our story, engage our growing community and position CSI as a hub of social innovation in Toronto and around the world.

We seek an extraordinary individual who brings solid communication skills, marketing savvy, and a sense of style and creativity to the job.

For more info: http://socialinnovation.ca/sites/default/files/CSI_JobPosting_Communications_2010.pdf
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NOT THE DAILY GRIND: COME WORK FOR LABOR NOTES

What’s better than a job that keeps you in touch with the best of our movement’s troublemakers on a daily basis? Labor Notes is hiring for two job openings including a staff writer and organizer, a bilingual Latino outreach coordinator.

It’s an exciting time to work for Labor Notes, and we’re looking for experienced candidates to join our team. Click here for job descriptions: http://www.labornotes.org/jobs

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CSEW’S MANDATE:

Head: Peter Sawchuk
Co-ordinator: D’Arcy Martin

The Centre for the Study of Education and Work (CSEW) brings together educators from university, union, and community settings to understand and enrich the often-undervalued informal and formal learning of working people. We develop research and teaching programs at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (UofT) that strengthen feminist, anti-racist, labour movement, and working-class perspectives on learning and work.

Our major project is APCOL: Anti-Poverty Community Organizing and Learning. This five-year project (2009-2013), funded by SSHRC-CURA, brings academics and activists together in a collaborative effort to evaluate how organizations approach issues and campaigns and use popular education.

For more information about CSEW, visit: http://www.csew.ca

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Social Capital

THEORIES OF SOCIAL CAPITAL

Theories of Social Capital: Researchers Behaving Badly

Ben Fine

Released March 15th 2010

PB / £ 27.50 / 9780745329963 / 230mm x 150mm / 288 pp

Ben Fine is the world’s most thorough and indefatigible critic of the abuse of the concept of capital that follows from adding “social” to it. … Here he … explore[s] the reasons behind the chaos this causes and the consequences of the penetration of notions of profit into every nook and cranny of our lives. A must-read for all irritated and irritable thinkers in social science. — Barbara Harriss-White, Oxford University

Tracing the evolution of social capital since his highly acclaimed contribution of 2001 (Social Capital Versus Social Theory), Ben Fine consolidates his position as the world’s leading critic of the concept.

Fine forcibly demonstrates how social capital has expanded across the social sciences only by degrading the different disciplines and topics that it touches: a McDonaldisation of social theory. The rise and fall of social capital at the World Bank is critically explained as is social capital’s growing presence in disciplines, such as management studies, and its relative absence in others, such as social history.

Writing with a sharp critical edge, Fine not only deconstructs the roller-coaster presence of social capital across the social sciences but also draws out lessons on how (and how not) to do research.

Ben Fine is Professor of Economics at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. He most recently co-authored From Economics Imperialism to Freakonomics: The Shifting Boundaries Between Economics and Other Social Sciences (2009) and serves on the Social Science Research Committee of the UK’s Food Standards Agency.

For further information, to request a review copy or to speak to the author please contact Jon Wheatley at jonw@plutobooks.com or on 0208 374 6424

345 ARCHWAY ROAD, LONDON, N6 5AA
TEL: 0208 3482724 FAX: 0208 348 9133 http://www.plutobooks.com

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Deadwing

DISCOURSE, POWER AND RESISTANCE CONFERENCE 2010 – CALL FOR POSTERS

DISCOURSE, POWER, RESISTANCE

Annual Conference 2010
30 March – 1 April

University of Greenwich, London

The 9th conference in the ‘Discourse, Power, Resistance’ (DPR) series will take place at the School of Education and Training at the University of Greenwich, London. The conference looks at issues of trust and distrust in the academy and beyond – in management, teaching, learning and research and in institutions and communities across cultural, social and racial boundaries.

Full information on the conference is available at http://www.gre.ac.uk./edu/dpr

CALL FOR POSTERS

We have set aside one hour on the Wednesday evening of the conference for delegates to view and discuss posters in a relaxed and informal atmosphere with wine and nibbles. Posters will be displayed in the Council Room of the Queen Anne Building.

Proposals for posters should be submitted to dpr@gre.ac.uk in the form of an abstract of 150-250 words, with title, name(s) of author(s) and institution(s). Posters accepted may be placed after the conference on a Posters Webpage, so that discussion can be continued after the conference, and may be submitted (preferably in PDF or Word format) to dpr@gre.ac.uk before 30 March 2010.

Information about the DPR’s journal Power and Education can be found at http://www.wwwords.co.uk/POWER

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Volumizer Resurrection Eleven

 

 

The Volumizer was Glenn Rikowski’s AOL blog. It was started up on 29th September 2005. On 30th September 2008, AOL announced that all of its Hometown products, including its blogs and newsletters, would be closed down on 31st October 2008. Glenn’s articles, many of which were written for his students at the Volumizer, will be preserved at The Flow of Ideas. The latest articles to be included in this project are listed below:

 

 

2008

 

 

Rikowski, G. (2008) Marxism and Education Revisited, 25th April, London, online at: http://www.flowideas.co.uk/?page=articles&sub=Marxism%20and%20Education%20Revisited

 

 

Rikowski, G. (2008) Marx and Education Revisited, 21st April, London, online at: http://www.flowideas.co.uk/?page=articles&sub=Marx%20and%20Education%20Revisited

 

 

Rikowski, G. (2008) Forms of Capital: Critique of Bourdieu on Social Capital, 15th April, London, online at: http://www.flowideas.co.uk/?page=articles&sub=Bourdieu%20on%20Social%20Capital

 

 

Rikowski, G. (2008) Utopia and Education, 13th April, London, online at: http://www.flowideas.co.uk/?page=articles&sub=Utopia%20and%20Education

 

 

Rikowski, G. (2008) Globalisation and Education Revisited, 2nd March, London, online at: http://www.flowideas.co.uk/?page=articles&sub=Globalisation%20and%20Education%20Revisited

 

 

Rikowski, G. (2008) Snowballs and Risk in Schools, 16th February, London, online: http://www.flowideas.co.uk/?page=articles&sub=Snowballs%20and%20Risk%20in%20Schools

 

 

 

The Rikowski web site, The Flow of Ideas is at: http://www.flowideas.co.uk