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Curriculum

Decanonizing the Field

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Edited By João M. Paraskeva and Shirley R. Steinberg

Curriculum: Decanonizing the Field is a fresh and innovative collection that is concerned with the totalitarian Western Eurocentric cult that has dominated the field of curriculum studies. Contributors to this volume challenge dominant and counter-dominant curriculum positions of the Western Eurocentric epistemic platform. At a time when the field laudably claims internationalization as a must, arguments presented in this volume prove that this «internationalization» is nothing more than the new Western expansionism, one that dominates all other cultures, economies and knowledges. Curriculum: Decanonizing the Field is a clarion call against curriculum epistemicides, proposing the use of Itinerant Curriculum Theory (ICT), which opens up the canon of knowledge; challenges and destroys the coloniality of power, knowledge and being; and transforms the very idea and practice of power. The volume is essential reading for anyone involved in one of the most important battles for curriculum relevance – the fact that there is no social justice without cognitive justice.
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Chapter 9. Autobiography and an Architecture of Self

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AUTOBIOGRAPHY AND AN ARCHITECTURE OF SELF

William Pinar

Is there an authentic self? In Jungian terms, this concept is roughly equivalent to the religious concept of soul (Jung, 1939). In Jung’s imagery of self, Self is the totality of which ego, personality, animus, anima, and so on, are constituent parts. Personality is that which is socially expressed and constituted; it merges and separates itself from Self.

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