Pragmatism and Poststructuralism: Cultivating Political Agency in Schools.
While the differences between pragmatist and poststructural views may often appear insurmountable, I argue here that putting the two in dialogue offers solutions to particular problems within each tradition, especially as they relate to agency. I describe John Dewey and Judith Butler's theories of agency and analyze the political acts and educational implications to which each account gives rise. I show how each theory rescues the other from pitfalls and, when read together, a more robust vision of agency and political change relative to education is formed. I conclude by depicting how this agency can be cultivated in classrooms.
McGough, Sarah, Pragmatism and Poststructuralism: Cultivating Political Agency in Schools. Contemporary Pragmatism 2, no. 1 (2005): 185-201.