Another Way

Decentralization, Democratization and the Global Politics of Community-Based Schooling


Drawing on a variety of methodological and theoretical perspectives, the case studies compiled in Another Way: Decentralization, Democratization and the Global Politics of Community-Based Schooling offer a comparative look at how global processes of educational decentralization have both helped and hindered the development of community-based schools in local-level settings across Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas. On the one hand, the book shows how increased decentralization is often perceived as essential to assuring robust levels of democratization, community participation and social justice in education. On the other hand, it is also shown how processes of educational decentralization are often experienced in local communities as a mechanism of increased austerity, privatization and segregation.

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Rebecca Clothey is Associate Professor in the Department of Global Studies and Modern Languages and the School of Education at Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA, USA.
Kai Heidemann is Assistant Professor of Sociology at University College Maastricht within Maastricht University in the Netherlands. His research focuses on the grassroots politics of educational democratization and community-driven processes of education reform in Europe and Latin America.
Foreword: Community Organizing and Educational Justice: From Local Struggles to a Global Movement
Mark R. Warren
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1. Introduction: Community-Based Schooling and the Intersectional Politics of Decentralization and Democratization
Kai Heidemann and Rebecca Clothey
2. Social Movement-Led Democratic Governance of Public Education: The Case of the Brazilian Landless Workers Movement
Rebecca Tarlau
3. Crisis, Protest and Democratization ‘From Below’: The Rise of a Community-Based Schooling Movement in Argentina
Kai Heidemann
4. Accountability through Community-Based Management? Implications from the Local Level Implementation in El Salvador of a Globally-Popular Model
D. Brent Edwards Jr.
5. Decentralization, Centralization and Minority Education in Hungary
Andria D. Timmer
6. Decentralization and Education in Tanzania: The Role of Community Schools and Education for the Poor
Serena Koissaba
7. Between State and Society: Community Schools in Zambia
Richard Bamattre
8. Building a Community-Based Charter School in the United States
Rebecca Clothey and Deanna Hill
9. An Alternative Education Model in Urumqi
Rebecca Clothey
10. School of Feminism in Beijing: Embodied Resistance and “Weak” Education in Twenty-First-Century China
Weiling Deng

This book will be of interest to education policy makers and scholars of sociology, comparative and international education, global studies, and public policy.