Comparative education as a political project

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Abstract

This article argues that since World War II, comparative educationhas worked in the service of two historic blocs: one focused oncreating institutions and ideologies in support of internationalismand a second focused on containing the threat of communism.Both versions have supported and justified foreign interventioninto domestic education systems, mirroring colonial practices andlogics. Once the United States of America became politically andeconomically hegemonic, thefield helped develop mentalmodels and best-practices of‘efficient’education systems,justifying international development efforts of Washington andthe interests of capital. As the global political economy shifts sotoo will the political project of comparative education. The articleposits future directions for thefield on the assumption that anew economic bloc will emerge as East Asia plays a larger role inthe global economy.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)362-378
Number of pages17
JournalComparative Education
Volume59
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 30 Mar 2023
Externally publishedYes

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