Illusory Freedoms: Liberalism, Education and the Market
December 1997, Wiley-Blackwell
Part I:. Reordering Society: Reforming Education: .
1.1 Education and politics in a changing social order.
1.2 From consensus to contestation in a neutralist framework.
1.3 Education and preferences; a paradox?.
1.4 The re-forming of education.
Part II: Reform: Rhetoric, Rationale and Representation:.
2.1 Privatising the public sphere: rationale and rhetoric.
2.2 The virtues of the market.
2.3 A suitable case for treatment: persuasion and plausibility.
Part III: Educational 'Goods': Value and Benefit:.
3.1 Public project: private aspirations.
3.2 Conflicting aspirations: public benefit and private reward.
3.3 The value of educational 'goods'.
Part IV: Rights and Choices:.
4.1 The power of 'rights talk'.
4.2 Rights to education: beneficiaries of education.
4.3 Parents' rights and consumer rights.
4.4 The good of each, of all and of none.
Part V: Freedom and the Individual:.
5.1 From practice to theory.
5.2 Liberty and equality.
5.3 The 'two concepts of liberty' debate.
5.4 'Thick' and 'thin' conceptions of equality.
5.5 Liberty, equality and equity.
Part VI: The Self and Its Preferences: .
6.1 How 'individual' is individual freedom?.
6.2 Individuals and their attributes: talents and abilities.
6.3 Understandings, tastes and values.
6.3 The family, the state and the individual.
6.4 Autonomy and individualism.
6.5 The social distribution of freedom.
Part VII: Liberalism and Liberal Education:.
7.1 Neo-liberalism and education.
7.2 Liberal education: problems of theory and practice.
7.3 Liberal theory revisited.
7.4 Re-forming education; theory and practice.
* It sets the changes in educational policy of the last decade in a broader context so that they can be better understood.
* The book presents the UK as a case study of the interface between education, which can be extended to any developed society and its public education provision.