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The Public and Its Problems

The Public and Its Problems Book rEviEw Ava Becker John Dewey. Edited and annotated by Melvin L. Rogers, The Public and Its Problems: An Essay in Political Inquiry. University Park, PA: The Pennsylvania State University Press, 2012. 190 + xiv pp. ISBN 978-0-271-05570-1. $20.95 (pbk). I came to this review not as an emerging scholar in political science or philosophy, but rather in language education. As such, the questions that I brought to the text were informed by my disciplinary formation and professional aspirations. I wondered: What benefits might language educators in the twenty-first century derive from reading The Public and its Problems? How might Deweyan reflections on the public, the state, community, and democracy inform or refresh ongoing debates in my field? As I read, it struck me that Dewey's writings do not feature more prominently in my field despite a great deal of overlap between his beliefs and those of many contemporary language educators and researchers. While the terminology we use may differ, like Dewey, applied linguists affirm the centrality of communication in socialization (chapter 5), and many welcome dialogue aimed at destabilizing monolithic, top-down understandings of identity, community, and citizenship (e.g., chapters 1­2). Melvin L. Rogers's painstaking editorial work on http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Education and Culture Purdue University Press

The Public and Its Problems

Education and Culture , Volume 31 (1) – May 15, 2015

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Book rEviEw Ava Becker John Dewey. Edited and annotated by Melvin L. Rogers, The Public and Its Problems: An Essay in Political Inquiry. University Park, PA: The Pennsylvania State University Press, 2012. 190 + xiv pp. ISBN 978-0-271-05570-1. $20.95 (pbk). I came to this review not as an emerging scholar in political science or philosophy, but rather in language education. As such, the questions that I brought to the text were informed by my disciplinary formation and professional aspirations. I wondered: What benefits might language educators in the twenty-first century derive from reading The Public and its Problems? How might Deweyan reflections on the public, the state, community, and democracy inform or refresh ongoing debates in my field? As I read, it struck me that Dewey's writings do not feature more prominently in my field despite a great deal of overlap between his beliefs and those of many contemporary language educators and researchers. While the terminology we use may differ, like Dewey, applied linguists affirm the centrality of communication in socialization (chapter 5), and many welcome dialogue aimed at destabilizing monolithic, top-down understandings of identity, community, and citizenship (e.g., chapters 1­2). Melvin L. Rogers's painstaking editorial work on

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Published: May 15, 2015

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