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

ISBN 9781351169400
Published September 7, 2020 by Routledge
146 Pages

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents



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

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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.