The sociology of education has long been concerned with uncovering processes by which “only specific groups’ knowledge becomes official knowledge” (Apple 1993, 65). According to Giddens (1979), dominant groups mobilize stocks of social knowledge that legitimize their own interests. They conceal power relationships through “representation of sectional interests as universal ones,” “denial or transmutation of contradictions” embedded within class conflict, and naturalization of the status quo (Giddens, 193-5). Indeed, power is always contested, but dominant groups mask their collective power by promulgating their own worldview as it if were everyone’s. In contrast, counter-ideologies situate subordinate groups historically in a manner that questions and challenges their oppression, advocating a resisting “counter-knowledge,” which is often indigenous, local, grassroots level, and particularistic.
|Title of host publication||Citizenship, Education, and Social Conflict|
|Subtitle of host publication||Israeli Political Education in Global Perspective|
|Publisher||Taylor and Francis|
|Number of pages||21|
|State||Published - 1 Jan 2012|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Social Sciences (all)