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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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8. Reclaiming Campus as an Event Site: A Comparative Discussion of Student Resistance Tactics (Ryan Thomson)

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CHAPTER  EIGHT

Reclaiming Campus as an Event Site: A Comparative Discussion of Student Resistance Tactics

RYAN THOMSON

 

“We’re not calling for a free university, but a free society. A free university amid a capitalist society is much like having a lecture hall inside a prison.”

MONTREAL, QUEBEC—NOV. 22, 2012 GLOBAL EDUCATION STRIKE BANNER

INTRODUCTION

The following essay is in essence a tactical review of a radical tactics initiated by a wide variety of autonomously assembled pupils seeking education free from economic cost, oppression, and coercive interference, however, collectively defined and locally implemented. From building occupations, to teach-in’s, to book bloc and the unlimited student strike, a tactical legacy has clearly (re)emerged over the past decade. This is not intended to be a comprehensive encyclopedia of student rebellion (Altbach, 1989; Burg, 1998; DeGroot, 1998); it instead focuses on the tactical evolution of student movements as means for resisting repression. The chapter has three sections: the first reviews relevant preexisting work on student resistance, the second overviews a cross-national study with an emphasis on present ongoing struggles emerging within the United States, and the third concludes with a series of take away points for aspiring affinities.

This discussion would not be possible if it were not for the continued work of the International Student Movement communication platform and corresponding collective of participants dedicated to spreading news of student action in...

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