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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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“Anthony J. Nocella II and Erik Juergensmeyer expose the major fault lines in the current debates and conflicts in education as they highlight the spaces of critical resistance with clarity and courage, and illuminate the way forward for social justice advocates and activists. Fighting Academic Repression and Neoliberal Education is an essential weapon in the fight for an education of meaning and purpose—learning and teaching constructed on the twin pillars of enlightenment and liberation.”

—Bill Ayers, Author of Public Enemy: Confessions of an American Dissident

“Fighting Academic Repression and Neoliberal Education strips away the illusion that academic sites are places of democratic deliberation in the service of the public good. Too often they are calcified places of learned intimidation and truncated spaces of sophisticated brutality in the service of the cognitive elite in bed with monster corporations. Clearly it is time to take back the neoliberal university from the academic hucksters and hustlers who profit from the reproduction of the dependent hierarchies of race, class, gender, and sexuality. Fighting Academic Repression and Neoliberal Education is a crucial actor in the fight for social justice on campuses and beyond.”

—Peter McLaren, Distinguished Professor in Critical Studies, Chapman University; Author of Pedagogy of Insurrection

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