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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 II 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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Camila Bassi’s Ph.D. research in Birmingham and Shanghai focuses on the interplay of “race” and sexuality within and through urban political economy. Her more general project is to demonstrate the benefit of a reinvigoration of Marxism (as an alternative to the seeming necessity to reconfigure Marxianisms via poststructuralism), in order to think through subtle accounts of capitalism and resistance. For example, Camila’s critique of the revolutionary left vanguard of England’s antiwar movement is steered by the task of building a third camp of independent and internationalist working class politics, and an excavation of early Marxist work on the Jewish question guides her writing of a book on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

Raluca Bejan is a Ph.D. student in social work at the University of Toronto. Her proposed doctoral study, funded by SSHRC’s Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship, aims to explore how political discourses of newcomers’ labor market integration are conceptually produced and epistemologically positioned within the knowledge production field. Raluca is a Research Assistant for a University of Toronto-Oxford University study comparatively assessing labor migration in the construction trades in Toronto, Canada, and London, UK, and a Book Review Editor for Transnational Social Review, a social work journal based in Germany and published by Routledge.

Geoff Boyce is a Ph.D. candidate in the School of Geography and Development at the University of Arizona. He researches and writes on immigration, ← 261 | 262 → surveillance, and Homeland Security-related issues, has published in a variety of popular...

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