Schools as Imagined Communities

The Creation of Identity, Meaning, and Conflict in U.S. History

Authors: Dorn, S., Shircliffe, B., Cobb-Roberts, D.

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Government forces mean the notion of a 'community' school has become less defined by decisions on core curriculum. This collection explores the extent to which collective notions of school-community relations have prevented citizens from speaking openly about the tensions created where schools are imagined as communities.

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SHERMAN DORN, BARBARA SHIRCLIFFE and DEIRDRE COBB-ROBERTS are historians of education at the Tampa campus of the University of South Florida, USA.

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"From the nineteenth-century common school movement to contemporary struggles over redistricting neighborhood attendance zones, Americans have sought to build communities around local schools - and sometimes to restrict access to outsiders. This anthology of historical case studies brings together rich narratives on this dynamic and the surrounding contexts of race, class, gender, sexuality, and disability. In particular, the editors' excellent introduction draws meaningful insights from various scholarly fields and taught me how to think about "communities" with fresh eyes." - -Jack Dougherty, Trinity College"Individually and collectively, the essays in this volumeask readers to think deeply, more critically, more thoughtfully, about the unspoken assumptions and the political implications of our common tendency to conceptualize schools as 'communities.' Issues of nostalgia, of inclusion and exclusion, of racial and social and sexual differentiation, are all deftly handled, highlighting new contributions in the history of American education. Well done." - Michael Fultz, Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison

"As a whole, the book offers sociologists several themes to ponder, such as the uneasy relation between ideals of school community and formal equality, the tension between legal initiatives and subjective experiences of belonging, and the meandering path from political battle to institutionalized practice. This Canadian reader was particularly alerted to the tacit influence of the American Civil Rights movement and its legal landmarks, such as Brown v. Board of Education, on contemporary notions of educability and rights that are spreading around the globe." - American Journal of Sociology


Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)
  • Introduction Schools as Imagined Communities

    Shircliffe, Barbara J. (et al.)

    Pages 1-31

  • Education in an Imagined Community: Lessons from Brook Farm

    Eaklor, Vicki L.

    Pages 33-49

  • Crafting Community: Hartford Public High School in the Nineteenth Century

    Teed, Melissa Ladd

    Pages 51-77

  • Student-Community Voices: Memories of Access versus Treatment at University of Illinois

    Cobb-Roberts, Deirdre

    Pages 79-108

  • From Isolation to Imagined Communities of LGBT School Workers: Activism in the 1970s

    Blount, Jackie M.

    Pages 109-124

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Schools as Imagined Communities
Book Subtitle
The Creation of Identity, Meaning, and Conflict in U.S. History
Authors
Copyright
2006
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Deirdre Cobb-Roberts, Sherman Dorn, and Barbara J. Shircliffe
eBook ISBN
978-1-4039-8293-3
DOI
10.1057/9781403982933
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4039-6471-7
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4039-6472-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 217
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