Narration, Place, and the Social
Advance Praise for Critical Education and Sociomaterial Practice
“In their groundbreaking book, Marcia McKenzie and Andrew Bieler breathe new life into the practice of critical education. Their cogent analyses of criticality through the frameworks of social and ecological education revive the intersection as a meaningful and generative space. They carry this approach through their careful, ethnographic work across diverse school settings in a way that brings new meaning and shape to how we understand critical education as an engaged, embodied, and emplaced practice. This book is a must-read for all educators seeking to support students as the critical interlocutors of their own lives, and provides hope for everyone searching for more meaningful approaches to relational solidarity and collective action.”
—Sandy Grande, Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity, Connecticut College
“Marcia McKenzie and Andrew Bieler make a crucial step toward addressing the urgent need to invent alter-narratives for what educators take to be ‘critical education.’ In response to mounting evidence that many of our material practices for living as humans on this planet are not viable—including many practices of education—McKenzie and Bieler steer us away from oversimplified accounts of ‘agency’ and ‘critical practice’ that have dominated discourses of critical education. They turn us toward concepts and stories that can assist us in attuning our pedagogical imaginations and projects to emerging material conditions of the Anthropocene.”
—Elizabeth Ellsworth, Professor of Media Studies, The New School University
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