Community in a Cosmopolitan World
  • Barry M. Franklin
Part of the Secondary Education in a Changing World book series (SECW)


In the introductory chapter of his recent book, The Outliers: The Story of Success, the journalist Malcolm Gladwell relays the account of one Dr. Stewart Wolf, a physician and professor of medicine at the University of Oklahoma, regarding the remarkable health of the inhabitants of the Borough of Roseto, Pennsylvania. According to Wolf, who often spent his summers during the 1950s on a farm in the vicinity of the borough, Roseto’s population was virtually free of individuals under the age of sixty-five who had heart disease. The absence at the time of cholesterol lowering drugs and medical techniques to prevent heart attacks made this an unusual situation. His examination of the residents’ medical records along with the results of blood tests and EKGs eliminated most of the common medical explanations for the borough residents’ good health, namely genetic makeup, diet, and exercise. The principal cause of death in the borough turned out to be old age.1


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    Malcolm Gladwell, The Outliers: The Story of Success (New York: Little, Brown, 2008), 3–7.Google Scholar
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    I have described this shift in the role of the state in examining the mayoral takeover the Detroit Board of Education that constitutes the subject of chapter 4. See Barry M. Franklin, “State Theory and Urban School Reform I: A Reconsideration from Detroit,” in Education under the Security State: Defending Public Schools, ed. David A. Gabbard and E. Wayne Ross (New York: Teachers College Press, 2004), 117–129.Google Scholar
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    Nikolas Rose, Powers of Freedom: Reframing Political Thought (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999), 174–175.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
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    For a discussion of the challenges facing the high school see the essays contained in Barry M. Franklin and Gary McCulloch (Eds.), The Death of the Comprehensive High School: Historical, Contemporary, and Comparative Perspectives (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007).Google Scholar
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    Robert Fine, Cosmopolitanism (New York: Routledge, 2007), ix–x.Google Scholar
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    Martha Nussbaum, “Patriotism and Cosmopolitanism,” in For Love of Country: Debating the Limits of Patriotism, ed. Joshua Cohen (Boston: Beacon Press, 1996), 7.Google Scholar
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    Thomas S. Popkewitz, Cosmopolitanism and the Age of School Reform: Science, Education, and Making Society by Making the Child (New York: Routledge, 2008), xiiiGoogle Scholar

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