While education is an inherently political field and practice, and while the political struggles that radical philosophy takes up necessarily involve education, there remains much to be done at the intersection of education and radical philosophy. That so many intense political struggles today actually center educational processes and institutions makes this gap all the more pressing. Yet in order for this work to be done, we need to begin to establish common frameworks and languages in and with which to move.
Keywords in Radical Philosophy and Education takes up this crucial and urgent task. Dozens of emerging and leading activists, organizers, and scholars assemble a collective body of concepts to interrogate, provoke, and mobilize contemporary political, economic, and social struggles. This wide-ranging edited collection covers key and innovative philosophical and educational themes—from animals, sex, wind, and praxis, to studying, podcasting, debt, and students.
This field-defining work is a necessary resource for all activists and academics interested in exploring the latest conceptual contributions growing out of the intersection of social struggles and the university.
Contributors are: Rebecca Alexander, Barbara Applebaum, David Backer, Jesse Bazzul, Brian Becker, Jesse Benjamin, Matt Bernico, Elijah Blanton, Polina-Theopoula Chrysochou, Clayton Cooprider, Katie Crabtree, Noah De Lissovoy, Sandra Delgado, Dean Dettloff, Zeyad El Nabolsy, Derek R. Ford, Raúl Olmo Fregoso Bailón, Michelle Gautreaux, Salina Gray, Aashish Hemrajani, Caitlin Howlett, Khuram Hussain, Petar Jandrić, Colin Jenkins, Kelsey Dayle John, Lenore Kenny, Tyson E. Lewis, Curry Malott, Peter McLaren, Glenn Rikowski, Marelis Rivera, Alexa Schindel, Steven Singer, Ajit Singh, Nicole Snook, Devyn Springer, Sara Tolbert, Katherine Vroman, Anneliese Waalkes, Chris Widimaier, Savannah Jo Wilcek, David Wolken, Jason Wozniak, and Weili Zhao.
Derek R. Ford, Ph.D. (2015), is assistant professor of education studies at DePauw University, USA. Published in a variety of journals, he has also written and edited eight books, including
Politics and Pedagogy in the “Post-Truth” Era: Insurgent Philosophy and Praxis (2018).
Table of contents
Acknowledgements Notes on Contributors
An Introduction, a Wager: Long Live Radical Philosophy and Education! Derek R. Ford, Anneliese Waalkes, Savannah Jo Wilcek and Clayton Cooprider 2
Animals Kelsey Dayle John 3
Anti-Fascism: Late-Stage Capitalism and the Pedagogical Resurgence of Anti-Fascism Colin Jenkins 4
Becoming: Or Why Difference is Fundamental to Education for Emancipation Jesse Bazzul 5
Borders: Pedagogies and Epistemologies Rebecca Alexander 6
China: Reform and Revolution in the People’s Republic Ajit Singh 7
Coloniality: Key Dimensions and Critical Implications Noah De Lissovoy and Raú l Olmo Fregoso Bailón 8
Deaf: A Culturally-Sustaining Philosophy for Deaf Education Steven J. Singer and Katherine M. J. Vroman 9
Towards Constructing an Education-Debt Apparatus Lexicon Jason Thomas Wozniak 10
Déclassée: Socialist Pedagogy and the Struggle for a Worldview at the End of the World Elijah Blanton 11
Dialectical-Materialism: A Philosophical Framework, A Theoretical ‘Weapon’ and A Framing Research Tool Polina-Theopoula Chrysochou 12
Digital: The Three Ages of the Digital Petar Jandriæ 13
Discussion: A Radical View David I. Backer 14
Empowerment Sara Tolbert, Alexa Schindel, Salina Gray, Lenore Kenny, Marelis Rivera, Nicole Snook and Chris Widimaier 15
Groundings: A Revolutionary Pan-African Pedagogy for Guerilla Intellectuals Jesse Benjamin and Devyn Springer 16
History: Reorienting the History of Education toward the Many Curry Malott 17
Libidinal Katie Crabtree 18
Listening Zeyad El Nabolsy 19
Needle: Syringe Exchange and Care in the Resistance to Biomedical Governmentality Aashish Hemrajani 20
Pneumatic: Education, Air, and the Common Derek R. Ford 21
Podcasting: Pedagogy, and the Inheritance of Clandestine Broadcasts Matt Bernico and Dean Dettloff 22
Postsecular: Thinking in the Gap, or Hannah Arendt and the Prospects for a Postsecular Philosophy of Education David J. Wolken 23
Praxis: Revolutionary Theory and Practice in the Present Brian Becker 24
Press: Radical Black Media Khuram Hussain 25
Privatisation: Education and Commodity Forms Glenn Rikowski 26
Sex: The Pedagogical Stakes Caitlin Howlett 27
Students Sandra Delgado 28
Study: A Disinterested Passion Tyson E. Lewis 29
Truth: The Importance of Understanding Discourse in Social Justice Education, the Truth and Nothing but the Truth? Barbara Applebaum 30
Unconscious: Revolutionary Critical Pedagogy and the Macrostructural Unconscious Peter McLaren 31
Unionism: Contemplating a Radical Social Movement Unionism for the Post-Janus US Labor Movement Michelle Gautreaux 32
Wind Weili Zhao
All interested in educational studies and radical philosophy, including cultural foundations of education, philosophy of education, cultural politics, critical geography, critical animal studies, and critical education.