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Fighting Academic Repression and Neoliberal Education

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


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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Advance praise for Fighting Academic Repression and Neoliberal Education


“In an era of corporatization—which breeds greed, fear, and compliance—the topics discussed in Fighting Academic Repression and Neoliberal Education are both necessary and refreshing. There are pockets of resistance throughout the ranks of higher education, and Anthony J. Nocella II and Erik Juergensmeyer are helping to connect those pockets into a coherent force for progressive social change. This book is a must-read for all those who are involved with—and who care about changing—the current state of higher learning.”

—Jason Del Gandio, Author of Rhetoric for Radicals: A Handbook for 21st Century Activists

“In a time where academic repression seems to be increasing in educational systems across the world, it is refreshing to encounter a book that so brilliantly provides avenues for resistance of critical pedagogy. Fighting Academic Repression and Neoliberal Education brings together an amazing collection of scholars and activists to show how students and teachers alike can come together to challenge various forms of oppression within academic settings in order to provide a true liberatory framework for the future. A must-read for anyone interested in making the classroom a safe space for resistance and change.”

—JL Schatz, Director of Speech & Debate, Binghamton University

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