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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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Acknowledgments are so critical and a radical humbling of oneself because it publicly notes that no one is an island and that everyone is interdependent and needing support because we are living creatures and part of an ecosystem, where everything is interwoven and interdependent on one another. We would like to thank first our publisher, Peter Lang Publishing, and Chris Myers, Stephen Mazur, Farideh Koohi-Kamali, Sophie Appel, and Alisa Pulver. We would also like to thank everyone who wrote a prereview of the book: Eve Shippens, Judy K.C. Bentley, Leslie James Pickering, Keno Evol, Edward Avery-Natale, David Nibert, Meneka Thirukkumaran, Don C. Sawyer III, David Gabbard, Ahmad R. Washington, Peter Mclaren, Amber E. George, JL Schatz, Jason Del Gandio, and Bill Ayers. Anthony and Erik would of course like to thank the contributors who made this book possible: Ward Churchill, Emma Pérez, Nick Clare, Gregory White, Richard White, Mary Heath, Peter Burdon, Mark Seis, Sue Doe, Laura L. Finley, Ryan Thomson, John Lupinacci, Diana Vallera, Sean Donaghue-Johnston, Tanya Loughead, Shannon Gibney, Emil Marmol, Mary Jean Hande, Raluca Bejan, Kelly Limes-Taylor Henderson, Z. B. Hurst, Becky Clausen, Keri Brandt, Janine Fitzgerald, and Carey Vicenti. We would also like to thank John Baranski and the Association for Humanist Sociology for the vibrant discussion about this book’s potential impact. We would like to also thank our family, friends, and the Earth for providing love, support, and joy. ← xix | xx →

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