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Critical Pedagogy in the New Dark Ages

Challenges and Possibilities


Maria Nikolakaki

This book unmasks the neoliberal ideology that led modern civilization to withdraw from its previous accomplishments into what may be called the new Dark Ages. The international group of contributors to this volume aggressively rejects the siege of society by capitalism and the resulting deterioration. These authors engage a critical pedagogy that brings hope as it acknowledges the potential for social justice and a language of possibility in the educational arena. The prestigious authors assembled here range from Stanley Aronowitz to Slavoj Žižek and their subjects from «Higher Education Under Siege» (Henry Giroux) to «On the Right and Duty to Change the World» (Paulo Freire).
Contents: Henry Giroux: Rethinking the Promise of Critical Pedagogy: A Foreword – Maria Nikolakaki: Critical Pedagogy in the New Dark Ages: Challenges and Possibilities: An Introduction – Slavoj Žižek: Living in the Time of Monsters – Paulo Freire: On the Right and the Duty to Change the World – Noam Chomsky: Democracy and Education – Cornelius Castoriadis: Paideia and Democracy – Takis Fotopoulos: From (Mis)Education to Paideia – Howard Zinn/Donaldo Macedo: Schools and the Manufacture of Mass Deception: A Dialogue – Joe L. Kincheloe: Critical Pedagogy in the Twenty-First Century: Evolution for Survival – Peter McLaren: The Future of the Past: Reflections on the Present State of Empire and Pedagogy – Peter Trifonas/Effie Balomenos: Postructuralism, Difference, and Critical Pedagogy – Shirley R. Steinberg: Critical Pedagogy and Cultural Studies Research: The Bricolage in Action – Stanley Aronowitz: Paulo Freire’s Radical Democratic Humanism: The Fetish of Method – Antónia Darder: Creating the Conditions for Cultural Democracy in the Classroom – Vivian Gareía López: The Struggles to Eliminate the Tenacious Four-Letter «F» Word in Education – Henry A. Giroux: Higher Education Under Siege: Rethinking the Politics of Critical Pedagogy – Lilia I. Bartolomé: Understanding Academic Discourses – Ana Maria Araújo Freire: Afterword: Relating Paulo Freire’s Life to His Understanding of Education, Culture, and Democracy.