Who Benefits From Special Education? Remediating [Fixing] Other People's Children, edited by Ellen Brantlinger. Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum, 2006.

In her text, Brantlinger assembles a diverse range of papers that collectively serve to address Gramsci's (1929–1935, 1971) essential recommendation of always asking who benefits from particular social practices; in this case, the institutionalized set of practices that are collectively referred to in the United States as “special education.” Authors of the collected papers both deconstruct and critique mainstream special education ideologies and normative practices as well as highlight the perspectives of several constituencies too infrequently heard in professional literature—those of labeled students, their family members, and teachers. The text is primarily aimed at a scholarly audience, both graduate students and faculty, with particular interest in issues related to disability, including both special education and disability studies scholars, although the text should also prove to be...

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