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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 17. Canons as Neocolonial Projects of Understanding

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CANONS AS NEOCOLONIAL PROJECTS OF UNDERSTANDING

Susan Jean Mayer

This chapter considers canons as a form of remembering and reconstruction of the American colonial and neocolonial heritage. Throughout the Americas, European perspectives and theoretical constructs continue to exert a disproportionate influence within the world of educational theory, contributing in insidious ways to the ongoing oppression of people of color, particularly indigenous peoples and those of African descent. Yet these perspectives constitute a past and present that must be seen and theorized in relation to future aims. In proposing the canon project within the theoretical context of the American Association for the Advancement of Curriculum Studies, William Pinar sought to galvanize scholarly engagement with a fraught intellectual history that has both crushed and inspired movements toward human liberation and dignity across the Americas since the earliest days of European contact.

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