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Comparative Education

The Construction of a Field

Manzon, Maria

2011, XVI, 304 p.

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  • Offers a globally extensive narrative of the histories of comparative education
  • Presents a monolithic work both in significance and originality unseen for over 40 years
  • Introduces a path-breaking conceptualization of the field of comparative education
  • Draws on a formidable range of data, including interviews with key international scholars

This book is a remarkable feat of scholarship — so remarkable in fact that I put it in the same league as the great classics of the field that had so much to do with setting the direction of Comparative Education. Indeed, this volume goes further than earlier classics to reveal, through textual analysis and interviews with key figures, how the epistemological foundations of the field and crucial professional developments combined to, as the title indicates, construct Comparative Education.

Manzon’s work is indispensable — a word I do not use lightly — for scholars who seek a genuine grasp of the field: how it was formed and by whom, its major theoreticians, its professional foundations, and so on. Clearly too, this book marks the rise of a young star, Maria Manzon, who shows promise of joining the ranks of our field’s most illustrious thinkers.

Erwin H. Epstein

Director, Center for Comparative Education

Loyola University, Chicago, USA


Content Level » Research

Keywords » Academic Disciplines - Comparative Education - Power and Knowledge - Sociology of Knowledge

Related subjects » Education & Language - Social Sciences

Table of contents 

List of Figures.- List of Tables.- List of Appendices.- Abbreviations.- Acknowledgments.- Series Editor’s Foreword: Mark Bray.- Foreword: Robert Cowen.- 1. Introduction: Deconstructing Comparative Education.- 2. Disciplines and Fields in Academic Discourse.- 3. The Empirical Substance and Mass that Constitute the Field of Comparative Education.- 4. Intellectual Histories of Comparative Education.-5. Mapping the Intellectual Discourse on ‘Comparative Education’.- 6. Reconstructing Comparative Education.- Appendices.- References.- Notes on the Author.- Index.

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