Harvard Educational Review
  1. Postmodern Theory

    Critical Interrogations

    By Steven Best and Douglas Kellner.

    New York: Guilford Press, 1991. 324 pp. $16.95 (paper).

    Postmodern Theory: Critical Interrogations is perhaps the most comprehensive introduction to postmodern social theory on the shelves. This book by Stephen Best and Douglas Kellner will appeal to those interested in understanding the complexity of postmodern theories, in all of their historical, sociological, cultural, and philosophical origins, variations, contradictions, contributions, limitations, and ongoing evolutions. Best and Kellner survey, as well as critique, theorists like Nietzsche, Heidegger, Foucault, Derrida, Deleuze and Guattari, Rorty, Baudrillard, Habermas, Lyotard, Jameson, Mouffe, and Laclau. A thorough digestion of this book will give the curious reader a sound foundation in some of this century's other camps of thought: modernism, structuralism, poststructuralism, postmodernism, postmodern feminist theory — and the concomitant historical shifts and breaks therein. This book not only interrogates the past, but more importantly, it demands and inspires the production of new perspectives and solutions to our present social demise.

    P.L.
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    Abstracts

    Uncertain Allies
    Understanding the Boundaries of Race and Teaching
    By Marilyn Cochran-Smith
    The Four "I's" of School Reform
    How Interests, Ideology, Information, and Institution Affect Teachers and Principals
    By Carol H. Weiss
    Total Quality Management in the Academy
    A Rebellious Reading
    By Estela Mara Bensimon
    A Postmodern Vision of Time and Learning
    A Response to the National Education Commission Report "Prisoners of Time"
    By Patrick Slattery
    Crossing Borders/Shifting Paradigms
    Multiculturalism and Children's Literature
    By Elaine G. Schwartz

    Book Notes

    Urban Sanctuaries
    By Milbrey McLaughlin, Merita Irby, and Juliet Langman

    Fatheralong
    By John Edgar Wideman.

    Children Solving Problems
    By Stephanie Thornton

    The Smart Parent's Guide to Kids' TV
    By Milton Chen

    New Directions in Portfolio Assessment
    Edited by Laurel Black, Donald A. Daiker, Jeffrey Sommers, and Gail Stygal.

    The Tao of Teaching
    By Greta Nagel

    Emergent Curriculum
    By Elizabeth Jones and John Nimmo.

    Teaching Hand Papermaking
    By Gloria Zmolek Smith.

    Postmodern Theory
    By Steven Best and Douglas Kellner.

    Writing Ethnographic Fieldnotes
    By Robert M. Emerson, Rachel I. Fretz, and Linda L. Shaw.

    Towards Inclusive Schools
    Edited by Catherine Clark, Alan Dyson, and Alan Millward.

    Fabled Cities, Princes and Jinn from Arab Myths and Legends
    By Kharirat Al-Saleh; illustrations by Rashad Salim.

    Educational Action Research
    Edited by Susan E. Noffke and Robert B. Stevenson.

    Ideology
    By Terry Eagleton