This book presents a novel perspective on neocolonialism, education and other related issues. It unveils the effects of neocolonialism on the learning and well-being of students and workers, including marginalized groups such as Native Americans, Latino/as, and African Americans. It is a collection of in-depth interviews with and heartfelt essays by committed social justice educators and scholars genuinely concerned with educational issues situated in the context of western neocolonialism and neoliberalism.This dialogical way of discussing important issues and co-constructing knowledge can be traced back to ancient philosophers, who used dialogue as a form of inquiry to explore and analyze educational, socio-economic and political issues facing the world. It will cover many interwoven and pressing issues echoed through authentic voices of progressive educators and scholars.
Introduction Part 1. Unmasking the Wretchedness of Neo-liberalism and Neo-colonialism 1. Colonialism in the 21ist Century: A Critical Analysis Pierre W. Orelus 2.Violence and the Interstices of Difference: Working With[in] and Around Fanon George J. Sefa Dei and Loren Ola Delaney 3. Colonialism and Neoliberalism: Twins of Inequities A Conversation with Vijay Prashad 4. Countering the Colonizing Allure of (Pseudo) Scientific Discourse in Education Myriam Torres 5. Courageous Voices against Neocolonial Schooling and White Supremacy A Conversation with Sandy Grande 6. Surviving Language as a Refugee Marisol Ruiz 7. Unfair Comparisons: Monolingual Norms and Language Discrimination against Non-native English Speaking Students at US Colleges and Universities John Katunich 8. An Arab-Muslim Feminist Negotiating Gender/Nation/Sexuality/Colonial Discourses A Conversation with Manal Hamzeh 9. Fighting Microaggression on University and College Campuses Marivel Oropeza Part 2. Unmasking the Wretchedness of Neo-liberalism and Neo-colonialism Introduction 10. Marxist Scholarship in Neoliberal Times: Social Imagination or Social Revolution? Antonia Darder 11. A Critical Pedagogy of Revolutionary Solidarity Against Neoliberal, White-Supremacist, Petro-Chemical Plunder A Conversation with Curry Stephenson Malott 12. Understanding History from the Standpoint of the Oppressed Pierre W. Orelus 13. Uncovering the Neoliberal and Neocolonial Western Agenda A Conversation with Sangeeta Kama 14.Education, Neoliberalism, Neoconservatism and Class Struggle in Britain and Europe David Hill Conclusion
Neoliberalism is degrading and destroying public education systems globally. The local characteristics may vary, the results are common - increased inequalities in schooling, vocational and higher education, inferior work conditions for teachers and faculty, and detheorized and technicized delivery systems of increasing conservative curricula at all levels of education. Neoliberalism - marketization, privatization, pre-privatization, commodification - is increasingly accompanied by forms of authoritarian conservatism - secular in some countries, religious in others - with increased control, surveillance, and forced abandonment of critique. Such neoliberal and conservative assaults on public education and on broader aims than those which are couched purely in terms of economic/human capital - meet with increased resistance by students, teachers, communities, social movements, and in some countries, political parties.
The Routledge Studies in Education, Neoliberalism, and Marxism series features books by new as well as established scholars that throw a harsh spotlight on the conditions under which education currently labors and offers analysis, hope, and resistance in the name of more collective, egalitarian education for social and for economic justice.