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Author Norris, Trevor, 1971-

Title Consuming schools : commercialism and the end of politics / Trevor Norris
Published Toronto : University of Toronto Press, [2011]
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Description 1 online resource (xvi, 216 pages) : illustrations
Contents Consumerism in our own schoolyards -- The origins and nature of consumerism -- Consuming schooling : whose schools are they? -- Hannah Arendt : consuming the polis -- Jean Baudrillard : consuming signs -- Resisting consuming : ruin or renewal -- "What is to come."
Summary "The increasing prevalence of consumerism in contemporary society often equates happiness with the acquisition of material objects. Consuming Schools describes the impact of consumerism on politics and education and charts the increasing presence of commercialism in the educational sphere through an examination of issues such as school-business partnerships, advertising in schools, and corporate-sponsored curriculum
First linking the origins of consumerism to important political and philosophical thinkers, Trevor Norris goes on to closely examine the distinction between the public and the private sphere through the lens of twentieth-century intellectuals Hannah Arendt and Jean Baudrillard. Through Arendt's account of the human activities of labour, work, and action, and the ensuing eclipse of the public realm and Baudrillard's consideration of the visual character of consumerism, Norris examines how school commercialism has been critically engaged by in-class activities such as media literacy programs and educational policies regulating school-business partnerships."--Pub. desc
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Business and education.
Commercialism in schools.
Consumption (Economics) -- Political aspects.
Consumption (Economics) -- Social aspects.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1442690259 (electronic bk.)
9781442690257 (electronic bk.)