1st Edition

A Pedagogy of Equality in a Time of Unrest Strategies for an Ambiguous Future

By Carl Anders Safstrom Copyright 2021
    146 Pages
    by Routledge

    146 Pages
    by Routledge

    A Pedagogy of Equality in a Time of Unrest addresses education and teaching as fundamental democratic forms of equality. It offers an alternative route for democracy and education and shows how particular shifts in ways of thinking and practising can lead to an education in favour of a democratic life for all.

    The book identifies the distributive paradigm in education, and dismantles central aspects of such a paradigm. It revolves around the themes of equality, commitment, change, emancipation, freedom and ambiguity, all set in relation to the distinction between schooling and education. Drawing on a range of theorists such as Jacques Rancière and Judith Butler, as well as the early Sophists, the book develops strategies to counteract any attempts to close down opportunities of emancipation through education.

    This book will be of great interest to academics, researchers and postgraduate students in the fields of the philosophy of education, history of education, critical sociology of education and educational theory. It will also appeal to activists and those interested in emancipatory forms of education and pluralist democracy.



    Chapter 1. Change, Hope, and Commitment


    The Distributive Paradigm in Education

    Liberal Hope in Education

    Moving Beyond Hope

    The Function of Hope in the Distributive Paradigm

    There May Be No Hope but There is Still a Commitment

    Concluding Thoughts


    Chapter 2. Rethinking Emancipation, Rethinking Education


    Schooling is the Problem, Not Schools

    The State of Education and the Educational State

    Postmodernism and Emancipation

    Emancipation and Ambiguity

    Schooling Without Ambiguity and Change

    Rancière and Emancipation

    Rethinking Emancipation Means Rethinking Education

    Concluding Thoughts


    Chapter 3. Education and Teaching as Verification of Equality


    The Political and the School

    Re-Negotiation of the Meaning of Schooling

    Order, Inequality and Equality

    To Be Attentive

    The Ethical Foundation of Knowing the Truth

    Concluding Thoughts

    Chapter 4. Teaching as the Passion of Equality at the Border of Inequality


    The Swedish Case

    This Madness of Public Discourse on Schooling

    Three Examples of Empty Speech on Schooling

    The Passionate Teacher

    The Community of Poets and Teaching

    The War on Chaos is a War on Borders

    Concluding Thoughts

    Chapter 5. Paideia and the Search for Freedom in the Educational Formation of the Public of Today


    The Revival of Educational Thought

    Education Without the Law

    Dividing the Whole

    I Am the People Too

    Concluding Thoughts

    Chapter 6. The Scandal of a Culturally Responsive Pedagogy, Or Teaching "Anything to Anyone"


    Culture I

    Culture II

    Culture and Education

    Multiculturalism and Polycultural Society

    Responsive Pedagogy and Democratic Order

    Concluding Thoughts

    Chapter 7. A Pedagogy of the Depressed


    No Future

    A Pedagogy of the Depressed?

    What is Wrong with Instrumentalism?

    Neo-liberal Aggression Towards the Publicness of the Public

    Turning Public Interests into Private Interests

    Distributive Education and Schooling for All

    The Claustrophobia of Automated Learning

    The Educational Impulse as an Instantiation of a Split in Reality

    Teaching Without a Future

    Concluding Thoughts

    Chapter 8. Conclusion


    Carl Anders Säfström is a Professor of educational research and Director of the Centre for Public Education and Pedagogy, Maynooth University, Ireland. He publishes extensively in educational theory and philosophy on the topics of democracy, equality and the concept of teaching in challenging times.