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Schooling, Childhood, and Bureaucracy

Bureaucratizing the Child

Authors: Waters, T.

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In exploring the relationship between bureaucratic schooling and the individual child, Waters describes the persistence of educational inequality, child development, and the nature of bureaucracy. The conclusions point out how education bureaucracies frame both schooling and childhood as they relentlessly seek to create ever more perfect children.

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TONY WATERS is a Professor of Sociology in the Sociology Department at California State University, USA.

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"By organizing his material around the compelling but simple theme of bureaucracy, Tony Waters brings a distinctive and potent perspective to the study of schooling. Schooling, Childhood, and Bureaucracy is a lively and insightful introduction to the sociology of education." - David Bills, professor of Sociology of Education, College of Education, The University of Iowa

"In this fascinating work, Waters stretches readers beyond comfortable limits to see both the bureaucratization of schools and the commodification of our children who attend them. The tensions that grind against humanistic teachers who resist making products of their students are thoroughly explored with fresh insights. Waters challenges us to ask what the future holds for schooling and education: has the information society outgrown traditional bureaucracy in education, or will the paradoxes of the organic humanistic approaches we dream of for our schools and the cold rationalism of the bureaucratic order simply continue to intensify?" - William Rich, associate professor of Education, School of Education, California State University, Chico

"Often those of us involved in education from the pre-school through teacher education-level of public education have a hard time seeing the big picture of why we end up doing what we do. With this book, the sociologist Tony Waters helps us understand the place of public education in American society and throughout the world. In it, he highlights the internal tensions within the bureaucracy of education as the system tries to mold emotional children into productive adults in twelve years using an unemotional system to do it. Schooling, Childhood, and Bureaucracy: Bureaucratizing the Child is a valuable addition to those who are trying to understand the place of public education in today's world and tensions inherent in this bureaucratic system." - John Benson, professor, School of Teaching and Learning, Minnesota State University Moorhead

"An interesting book that explains why schools are the way they are today . . . Recommended" - Choice


Table of contents (13 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Waters, Tony

    Pages 1-10

  • Bureaucratizing the Child: The Manufacture of Adults in the Modern World

    Waters, Tony

    Pages 11-28

  • American Mass Public Education and the Modern World

    Waters, Tony

    Pages 29-55

  • Bureaucratized Childhood and the Persistence of Schooling Systems: Irrationality in Rationality

    Waters, Tony

    Pages 57-80

  • Behaviorism, Developmentalism, and Bureaucracy: Leaky First Graders, Defiant Teenagers, Jocks, Nerds, and the Business Model

    Waters, Tony

    Pages 81-110

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Schooling, Childhood, and Bureaucracy
Book Subtitle
Bureaucratizing the Child
Authors
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc.
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-26972-0
DOI
10.1057/9781137269720
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-26971-3
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-44407-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 255
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