• David Backer deposited Althusser on School Law in the group Group logo of PhilosophyPhilosophy on Humanities Commons 2 months ago

    Althusser’s thinking about education and law stands out for two reasons. First, whereas most accounts of school law fall under a broadly liberal category, Althusser’s—like most Marxists’—emphasizes school law as repressive, ideological, and reproductive of capitalism. Second, what distinguishes Althusser among Marxists generally is his landmark theory of education as an ideological state apparatus (ISA). In this essay I revisit this well-known theory, look at Althusser’s understanding of law, and flesh out the formulation above for what an Althusserian account of school law would look like.