Education, Decolonization and Development

Perspectives from Asia, Africa and the Americas

Education, development and decolonization provides a historical, theoretical and practical inter-disciplinary analysis of the contemporary trajectory of colonization (including internal colonization) through the linked projects of eurocentric development, globalization and the uncritical adoption of colonial modes of education and learning in schools, communities, social movements and the “progressive” church in Asia, Africa and the Americas. Critical perspectives on colonialism, education and development are deployed in the interests of a continued praxis of decolonization. This collection is intended for graduate and senior undergraduate students in adult/education, development studies, social movement learning and de/colonization and cultural studies, as well as for civil society and social movement actors, development practitioners and socio-cultural workers and popular educators working in North-South engagements. A mix of theoretical and applied/practical content ensures that this collection will be of use to theoreticians, analysts and practitioners alike.

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"This book encapsulates a rare and complex dialogue about the radical potential of decolonizing epistemologies and educational practices anchored in the lives and struggles of indigenous communities in the Global South. An important and far reaching engagement with Euro-American, Marxist, postcolonial, and critical education theories of agency and collective praxis. Dip Kapoor and his colleagues pose theoretical and methodological questions about education, development, and decolonization in refreshingly smart and new ways."
CHANDRA TALPADE MOHANTY, Chair, Department of Women’s and Gender Studies Syracuse University, USA
"This book makes a major contribution to our understanding of the ‘coloniality of power’ as it has affected indigenous peoples in Asia, Africa and the Americas. First, Kapoor and his contributors break new intellectual ground in departing from stuffy and often times arid social science theory in developing novel approaches to analysing indigenous movements and issues that capture the complexity, contradictions and world views of the colonised. In this respect this collection of essays presents us with possibilities for reconceptualising its salient themes of Education, Decolonisation and Development from below, instead of from the lofty vantage points of the western social science canon. Second, these authors consistently remind us that we do not live in a post-colonial era - as some writers would have us believe—but that the 21st century is as much defined by colonialism/imperialism as were the 19th and 20th centuries. They also remind us, however, that neo-liberal globalisation (the hands off, contemporary version of colonial rule) has not gone unchallenged by indigenous communities. Rather, collective forms of indigenous resistance have emerged that have undermined colonial/imperial rule and which, in certain instances, have also generated counter-hegemonic alternatives from within the different contexts analysed in the book. As Kapoor and his collaborators show, these forms of resistance have assumed very different forms depending on their respective national, regional and local cultural contexts. Last, and perhaps most importantly, these essays contribute to the construction of a methodology of the margins that has the potential to give voice to those who have been silenced in history. In brief, this is a remarkable book that will become a standard text in courses on indigenous studies, the sociology/anthropology of development, international education and research methodology."
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