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Fighting Academic Repression and Neoliberal Education

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


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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13. Racial Harassment in the “Postracial” Era: A Case of Discipline and Resistance in the Black Female Body (Shannon Gibney)


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Racial Harassment in the “Postracial” Era: A Case of Discipline and Resistance in the Black Female Body




It’s no secret that higher education is in crisis. Numerous news and academic articles point to the failure of our postsecondary institutions to live up to their missions, and successfully matriculate their students (Davidson, 2015; Donahue, 2008). However you measure it, graduation rates are abysmal for the average student—perpetually hovering around fifty percent completion in six years, and even lower for working class, Students of Color, and those at for-profit institutions (National Center for Education Statistics, 2015). Total student loan debt is now up to $1.2 trillion, and rising steadily, with the average borrower accruing $33,000 in debt by the end of their four-year degree (, 2015)—a crippling weight to carry as one ostensibly enters the job market. Stories of the negative effects of the corporate takeover of the academy abound (Chomsky, 2014; Schmidlin, 2015), from the ballooning salaries of administrators and endowments to the growing ranks of the contingent, overworked, and horrendously paid professoriate (Jaschik, 2015). As the country’s demographics continue to shift, our economy does as well, from industrial to knowledge based, precipitating a huge increase in the sheer number of students entering postsecondary schools, and with them a very different set of cultural, racial, and socioeconomic realities than those that dominated the higher education landscape just one generation...

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