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Fighting Academic Repression and Neoliberal Education

Resistance, Reclaiming, Organizing, and Black Lives Matter in Education

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Edited By Anthony J. Nocella and Erik Juergensmeyer

Fighting Academic Repression and Neoliberal Education is a cutting-edge investigation of the alarming state of education today. This practical how-to handbook gives readers tactics and strategies to organize and challenge forces that threaten liberatory critical education. Drawn from scholars and activists from across the world, the fifteen chapters guide readers through a strategic method of understanding the academic industrial complex and corporate education in the twenty-first century. Education is being hijacked by banks and corporations that are tearing apart the foundational fabric of academic freedom, resulting in mass standardized education and debt for all students and furthering racial inequity. This is a must-read for anyone interested in democracy, education, social justice, critical pedagogy, and Black Lives Matter.

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Afterword: Southwest Colorado Sociology Collective

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Afterword

Southwest Colorado Sociology Collective1

 

THE IMPORTANCE OF FIGHTING ACADEMIC REPRESSION

Fighting Academic Repression is a much needed praxis handbook to complement the current theoretical literature documenting the ideological assault on public higher education by the neoliberal academic industrial complex and its concomitant followers. We are surprised that there is not more outrage and resistance from the masses of students, staffs, and faculties in the United States whose work experience and dignity have been severely compromised by the actions of the neoliberal academic industrial complex. Other countries have shown much more outrage and resistance at the neoliberal assaults on students, staffs, and faculties with much less repression. This book separates itself from the existing literature on academic repression by serving as a practical manual for resistance to academic repression and the neoliberal academic industrial complex. From the manuscript’s Introduction to the Afterword, it offers a foundation from which to resist repression, fight tyranny, and create change.

What makes this book unique is its handbook style for responding to various manifestations of academic repression. This book is replete with cases studies, specific situations, and events in which agitated students, staffs, and faculties resisted administrative overreach and repression. As demonstrated throughout this book, there are a diversity of voices which capture student, staff, and faculty struggles as well as specific struggles linked to People of Color, women, and international students and faculty. Especially notable is the...

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