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New Social Foundations for Education

Education in 'Post Secular' Society

Edited By Philip Wexler and Yotam Hotam

There has been growing scholarly attention to questions about the revival of religion and religiosity on global social, cultural and political fronts and the emergence of a ‘post-secular’ society. New Social Foundations for Education is dedicated to the drawing of the implications of the contemporary ‘post-secular’ social transformation for education. Though the question of the ‘post-secular’ stands at the focal point of a wide range of academic debates and discussions, within educational discourse it has not received close scholarly attention. This volume aims to correct this lack by presenting groundbreaking works of leading scholars from Europe, the United States, and the Middle East. Contributions discuss such topics as the mystical tradition and its social and pedagogic implications; transformative and ecological education; ‘new age’ spiritualism and its educational implications; and the relations between secular and religious education in different local contexts.
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Philip Wexler is Professor of Sociology of Education (emeritus) at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Unterberg Chair of Jewish Social and Educational History. Currently, he is Visiting Professor of Social Pedagogy and Social Politics at the Bergische University, Wuppertal, Germany. He works on questions of education and religion and society, and has recently published Mystical Sociology (Peter Lang, 2013). He is writing at the intersection of critical theory and Jewish mysticism and working (together with Heinz Sünker) on a forthcoming book on critical theory and education.

Yotam Hotam is a Lecturer at the University of Haifa and the head of the MA program for the Study of Alternatives in Education. His current area of research covers different themes and aspects which relate to the relations between the ‘secular’ and the ‘religious’ in modern society, culture, politics and education. He is the author of Modern Gnosis and Zionism: The Crisis of Culture, Life Philosophy and Jewish National Thought (Routledge, 2013), and Space Theodyssey: Science Fiction, Education and Religiosity in a Post Secular Age (Resling, 2011).

Ayman Agbaria is a Lecturer in the Department of Leadership and Policy in Education at the University of Haifa. He specializes in education amongst ethnic and religious minorities and researches policy and pedagogy for civics education, Islamic education and teacher training. He is the editor of two books: Teacher Education in the Palestinian Society in Israel—Institutional Practices and Educational Policy (Resling) and Commitment, Character, and Citizenship: Religious...

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