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Pedagogical Matters

New Materialisms and Curriculum Studies


Edited By Nathan Snaza, Debbie Sonu, Sarah E. Truman and Zofia Dr. Zaliwska

This edited collection takes up the wild and sudden surge of new materialisms in the field of curriculum studies. New materialisms shift away from the strong focus on discourse associated with the linguistic or cultural turn in theory and toward recent work in the physical and biological sciences; in doing so, they posit ontologies of becoming that re-configure our sense of what a human person is and how that person relates to the more-than-human ecologies in which it is nested. Ignited by an urgency to disrupt the dangers of anthropocentrism and systems of domination in the work of curriculum and pedagogy, this book builds upon the axiom that agency is not a uniquely human capacity but something inherent in all matter. This collection blurs the boundaries of human and non-human, animate and inanimate, to focus on webs of interrelations. Each chapter explores these questions while attending to the ethical, aesthetic, and political tasks of education—both in and out of school contexts. It is essential reading for anyone interested in feminist, queer, anti-racist, ecological, and posthumanist theories and practices of education.

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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Names: Snaza, Nathan, editor. Title: Pedagogical matters: new materialisms and curriculum studies / edited by Nathan Snaza, Debbie Sonu, Sarah E. Truman, Zofia Zaliwska. Description: New York: Peter Lang, 2016. Series: Counterpoints: studies in criticality; vol. 501 | ISSN 1058-1634 Includes bibliographical references and index. Identifiers: LCCN 2016015065 | ISBN 978-1-4331-3133-2 (hardcover: alk. paper) ISBN 978-1-4331-3132-5 (paperback: alk. paper) | ISBN 978-1-4539-1648-3 (ebook pdf) ISBN 978-1-4331-3569-9 (epub) | ISBN 978-1-4331-3570-5 (mobi) Subjects: LCSH: Critical pedagogy. | Ontology. | Agent (Philosophy) Classification: LCC LC196 .P44 2017 | DDC 370.11/5—dc23 LC record available at Bibliographic information published by Die Deutsche Nationalbibliothek. Die Deutsche Nationalbibliothek lists this publication in the “Deutsche Nationalbibliografie”; detailed bibliographic data are available on the Internet at

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