Critical Geography of Educational Reform

  • Nancy Ares
  • Edward Buendía
  • Robert Helfenbein

Part of the Breakthroughs in the Sociology of Education book series (BSE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Setting the Stage

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Nancy Ares
      Pages 3-25
    3. Robert J. Helfenbein, Edward O. Buendía
      Pages 27-40
    4. Eve Tuck, Allison Guess
      Pages 45-56
  3. Claims to Space

  4. Spatial Politics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 123-123
    2. Walter S. Gershon
      Pages 125-150
    3. Gabriel Huddleston
      Pages 151-174
    4. Edward Buendía, Paul Fisk
      Pages 175-189
    5. Adai A. Tefera, Cecilia Rios Aguilar, Alfredo J. Artiles, Catherine Kramarczuk Voulgarides, Veronica Vélez
      Pages 191-207
    6. Sandra Schmidt
      Pages 209-232
    7. Edward Buendía, Analiz Ruiz, Andrea Garavito Martinez, Eliot Sykes, Paul Fisk
      Pages 233-250
  5. Afterword

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 251-251
    2. David A. Greenwood
      Pages 253-256
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 257-259

About this book


This volume features scholars who use a critical geography framework to analyze how constructions of social space shape education reform. In particular, they situate their work in present-day neoliberal policies that are pushing responsibility for economic and social welfare, as well as education policy and practice, out of federal and into more local entities. States, cities, and school boards are being given more responsibility and power in determining curriculum content and standards, accompanied by increasing privatization of public education through the rise of charter schools and for-profit organizations’ incursion into managing schools. Given these pressures, critical geography’s unique approach to spatial constructions of schools is crucially important. Reterritorialization and deterritorialization, or the varying flows of people and capital across space and time, are highlighted to understand spatial forces operating on such things as schools, communities, people, and culture. Authors from multiple fields of study contribute to this book’s examination of how social, political, and historical dimensions of spatial forces, especially racial/ethnic and other markers of difference, shape are shaped by processes and outcomes of school reform.


critical geography education reform social space educational policy cultural geography

Editors and affiliations

  • Nancy Ares
    • 1
  • Edward Buendía
    • 2
  • Robert Helfenbein
    • 3
  1. 1.University of RochesterUSA
  2. 2.University of Washington – BothellUSA
  3. 3.Loyola University of MarylandUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information SensePublishers-Rotterdam, The Netherlands 2017
  • Publisher Name SensePublishers, Rotterdam
  • eBook Packages Education
  • Online ISBN 978-94-6300-977-5
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