Re: [xmca] article on social class

From: Steve Gabosch (
Date: Sat May 06 2006 - 14:33:39 PDT

I am glad Martin posted this. I have been following up on Martin's
book, which I have just ordered from It has a "Look
Inside This Book" feature, so take a peek.

Martin frames his analysis of education reform in what a quote from
Jean Lave on the back cover describes as an ethnographic study, in
terms of the impact of the "New Economy" on education policies in a
Michigan area working class community and elementary school. Like
the book by Jack Barnes I mention, he sees a major shift having taken
place in the world economy in the early 1970's that has been playing
out in the decades since.

I also noticed while looking at Martin's web site he has a chapter
online he wrote in a book he co-edited now in press that describes
some of his thoughts on education theory. I just ran this off on my
printer and will be looking it over. It is from the upcoming
Cultural and Critical Perspectives on Human Development, Martin J.
Packer & Mark B. Tappan (Eds.), Chapter 4, Changing Classes: Shifting
the Trajectory of Development in School, by Martin Packer

- Steve

At 02:05 PM 5/6/2006 -0400, Martin Packer wrote:
>Mike, I tried to explore this in:
>Packer, M. (2001). Changing classes: School reform and the new economy. New
>York: Cambridge University Press.
>On 5/6/06 10:29 AM, "Mike Cole" <> wrote:
> > Thank you for putting the issue of class back before us, Steve.
> > Contemporary confusions over the concept of class are sure evident in
> > the review which I assume reflect the fuziness or unclarity in the books
> > reviewed.
> >
> > Suppose you had one, accessible, book to recommend to xmca'ites about
> > how to think about social class in the contemporary world, perhaps one that
> > included people's relations to the means of production. What would you
> > recommend?
> > mike
> >
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