In dialogues with eleven key thinkers in the area of critical education, "Education, Power, and Personal Biography" documents how a tradition of study grew in the United States. Through in-depth interviews, Carlos Alberto Torres asks each of these thinkers to talk about the relationship between their personal experiences and their academic work. The reader will learn, through listening to these intellectual, political and personal biographies, how and why these individual scholars have struggled for more than three decades to expand the borders of critical education studies.
Interviews are held with Henry Giroux, Henry Levin, Herbert Gintis, Jeannie Oakes, Martin Carnoy, Maxine Greene, Michael Apple, Samuel Bowles, Paulo Freire, Gloria Lanson-Billings and Geoff Whitty.
"There is something profoundly illuminating about being able to connect a biography to a body of work or set of ideas. For those of us who have been influenced by the contribution of these scholars and theorists, such a connection can provide a particularly meaningful vantage point from which to understand the relationship between theory and practice, as well as the intellectual machinations involved in the production of knowledger."
-Pedro A. Noguera, University of California at Berkeley