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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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Introduction—A Tactical Toolbox for Smashing Academic Repression (Anthony J. Nocella II / Erik Juergensmeyer)


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Introduction—A Tactical Toolbox for Smashing Academic Repression



This book makes the fourth book on the specific subject of academic repression, following Academic Repression: Reflections from the Academic Industrial Complex (Nocella II, Best, & McLaren, 2010), Policing the Campus: Academic Repression, Surveillance, and the Occupy Movement (Nocella II & Gabbard, 2013), and The Imperial University: Academic Repression and Scholarly Dissent (Chatterjee & Maira, 2014). Prior to and during the rise of the above texts, there was and is ongoing discussion on defending academic freedom. The books that anyone interested in academic freedom should read include The University in Ruins (Readings, 1997), Uncivil Rites: Palestine and the Limits of Academic Freedom (Salaita, 2015), Academic Freedom After September 11 (Doumani, 2006), No University is an Island: Saving Academic Freedom (Nelson, 2011), Academic Freedom in the Post-9/11 Era (Carvalho & Downing, 2011), The Humanities, Higher Education and Academic Freedom: Three Necessary Arguments (Berube & Ruth, 2015), University Inc.: The Corporate Corruption of Higher Education (Washburn, 2006), Neoliberalism’s War on Higher Education (Giroux, 2014), Universities in the Business of Repression: The Academic Military Industrial Complex in Central America (Feldman, 1999), and The University in Chains: Confronting the Military-Industrial-Academic Complex (Giroux, 2007).

Anyone interested in the future of education must be knowledgeable about how academic repression works as it affects us all—students, politicians, teachers, professors, staff, administrators, and community members. Only an unwise...

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