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Anti-Colonial Theory and Decolonial Praxis

Edited By George J. Sefa Dei and Meredith Lordan

Are we living in a post-colonial world? A colonial one? An anti-colonial one? Lifting the veil from language and politics, Anti-Colonial Theory and Decolonial Praxis uses case studies from around the world to explore and untangle these concepts as they relate to education. The anti-colonial prism is very much connected to the postcolonial lens but these frameworks are not the same. Building upon earlier works, this book takes up the subject of anti-colonial praxis and its specific implications—the larger questions of schooling and education in global and, particularly, Diasporic contexts. The goal is to re-theorize the anti-colonial for the decolonial projects of transforming schooling and education in a broadly defined way. Beyond explaining these ideas, this book demonstrates ways communities are engaging in praxis as a form of anti-colonial change in a wide range of locations. Incorporating case studies from various locations and Diasporic communities—including Somalia, Canada, Nigeria, Jamaica, and St. Vincent—and  provocative theoretical analyses, the book brings varied experiences of anti-colonial praxis to the reader in timely, culturally diverse, and engaging ways. This book could be used in upper undergraduate and graduate level courses in anthropology, Diaspora studies, education, environmental studies, ethnic studies, gender studies, law, multiculturalism studies, politics, social work, and sociology.
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Muna-Udbi Abdulkadir Ali is a Ph.D. student in Curriculum Studies and Teacher Development, with a specialization in Comparative International and Development Education, at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto. Her work experience includes working for the Ministry of Justice and Religious Affairs of Puntland and the United Nations Development Programme within the Somali Territories.

Annette Bazira-Okafor is pursuing a doctoral degree in the Department of Social Justice Education and International Development Education, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto. Her research interests include hip hop and popular culture among African youth, African youth and women in the diaspora, representations of African youth and women in the media and film, anti-racism education, development education and Indigenous knowledges.

Mischa Berlin is currently pursuing a M.Ed. in the Department of Social Justice Education at the Ontario ← 215 | 216 → Institute for Studies in Education. Mischa grew up in downtown Toronto, and completed a B.A. degree at McGill University, where he studied Middle Eastern Studies and Philosophy. Mischa is interested in exploring questions of race and power in neo-liberal educational contexts. How knowledge production and colonial epistemologies obscure race and marginality in spaces of institutional learning is a topic of specific interest.

Christopher L. Cully is an Educator in the Greater Toronto Area and an M.A. candidate in the Department of Social Justice Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto....

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