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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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9. Interrupt, Inspire, and Expose: Anarchist Pedagogy against Academic Repression (John Lupinacci)

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CHAPTER  NINE

Interrupt, Inspire, and Expose: Anarchist Pedagogy against Academic Repression

JOHN LUPINACCI

 

“We apologize for the inconvenience but this a revolution.”

—SUBCOMANDANTE MARCOS (IN FERLINGHETTI, 2007, P. 1)

As an urban educator and a scholar-activist committed to critically and ethically interrupting the role of education and schooling in Western industrialized culture, I have found something powerful about questioning ourselves as human beings and examining in unexpected ways our human perceptions of social and ecological relationships in connection with addressing social suffering and environmental degradation. This chapter responds to being told to be more “realistic” and shares a pedagogical example of how even in the most concrete of spaces cracks can be made, filled in, and widened. I am not alone in the line of inquiry that rethinks dominant discourses and discursive practices influencing power in relation to current regimes of oppressive ideologies that contribute to rise of neoliberalism and the academic industrial complex rooted in modernist assumptions that rationalize and justify the ongoing systemic violence of human-hetero-white-male supremacy. Critical theory examining these same structures of oppression in education spans decades; however, this eco-anarchic example shares a story—a pedagogical example—from the front lines of teaching to make cracks in the concrete assumptions about knowledge and power in the academy.

What brings this diverse work together in solidarity, through what I have been calling pedagogies of solidarity (Lupinacci & Happel-Parkins, 2015)...

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