Betwixt & Between

The Liminal Imagination, Education and Democracy

by James C. Conroy (Author)
Textbook X, 217 Pages
Series: Counterpoints, Volume 265


Both neo-liberal and Third Way politicians and pundits have come to accept globalisation as the key determinant of social and political organization. Consequently, they have confused government’s role in the liberal democratic state with that of the globalised corporation. The result has been a discursive closure about what counts as human flourishing, and about the nature of the educational provision which best serves such flourishing – which is co-terminous with economic success. This book offers both a challenge to such an equivalence, and an understanding of the dispositions and practices that are necessary for education to sustain a robust and invigorating openness in, and for, democracy. From an oblique and whimsical perspective, Betwixt and Between renovates a range of playful and interesting metaphors rooted in experiences and encounters with and at the limen (or threshold). In doing so it weaves through laughter, trickster, poetry, and religion.


X, 217
ISBN (Softcover)
Aufsatzsammlung Education Liminality Teacher-student relationship Philosophy Creative thinking Erziehungsphilosophie
New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, Oxford, Wien, 2004. X, 217 pp.

Biographical notes

James C. Conroy (Author)

The Author: James C. Conroy is Head of the Department of Religious Education at the University of Glasgow. He has a B.Ed. in education and religion from the University of London, an M.A. in philosophy of religion, and a Ph.D. in the philosophy of education from the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam. Dr. Conroy has sat on the board of a number of international bodies and been a visiting scholar in Brazil and Australia. He has written extensively on the politics of religious schooling, values education, and citizenship.


Title: Betwixt & Between