“We learn things better through love than through knowledge.”
From Umberto Eco’s 1980 novel The Name of the Rose, a “whodunnit” full of dramatic action imbued with philosophical, semiotic and theological discourse set, during the 14th century, within the forbidding cloistered fortress of an Italian monastery.
Palsgrave Macmillan has sent us details of Inequality, Poverty, Education A Political Economy of School Exclusion by Francesca Ashurst and Couze Venn which was published earlier this year.
The authors develop a political economy and a genealogy of school exclusion in order to reveal exclusion to be a symptom of more fundamental issues relating to poverty and inequality, reflected in the role of the state in managing their consequences, particularly regarding juvenile delinquency. Using archival and documentary evidence they uncover the roots of exclusionary practices in political and economic struggles going back to the 19th century. These conflicts, the authors claim, have had decisive effects on key shifts in social and educational policy from the Poor Law Reforms of 1834 to the emergence of the welfare state and the current neoliberal reconstitution of society according to the model of the market. In arguing that competing views of an equitable and just society underlie exclusion, the authors believe their analysis opens up a space for envisaging radical new approaches and practices for dealing with children in trouble.
Francesca Ashurst is an Honorary Research Fellow at Cardiff University, Wales
Couze Venn is Visiting Professor, Goldsmiths, University of London and Associate Research Fellow at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa.
This book will be reviewed in the June 2015 issue of the goodenoughcaring Journal.
December 15th and Issue 16 of the goodenoughcaring Journal is online, The principal theme of the new issue is the significance relationships have for children as they grow up.
John Stein has composed the Editorial for this issue. The authors providing us with knowledge, experiences and insights in Issue 16 are Lorea Boneke, John Burton, Cynthia Cross, Evelyn Daniel, John Diamond, Maurice Fenton, Iain Macleod, Jeremy Millar, Charles Sharpe, Mark Smith, John Stein with an additional article, Ian D. Suttie, and Christina Williamson.