Curriculum and the Generation of Utopia
Interrogating the Current State of Critical Curriculum Theory
As a follow-up to Towards a Just Curriculum Theory and Curriculum Epistemicide , this
volume illuminates the challenges and contradictions which have prevented
critical curriculum theory from establishing itself as an alternative to dominant
Western Eurocentric epistemologies.
Curriculum and the Generation of Utopia re-visits the work of leading progressive
theorists and draws on a complex range of epistemological perspectives from the
Middle East, Africa, Southern Europe, and Latin America. Paraskeva illustrates
how counter-dominant narratives have been suppressed by neoliberal dynamics
through an exploration of key issues including: itinerant curriculum theory,
globalization and internationalization, as well as utopianism. Foregrounding
critical curriculum theory as a vector of de-colonization and de-centralization,
the text puts forth Itinerant Curriculum Theory (ITC) as an alternative form
of anti-colonial, theoretical engagement.
This work forms an important addition to the literature surrounding critical
curriculum theory. It will be of interest to post-graduate scholars, researchers
and academics in the fields of curriculum studies, curriculum theory, and
critical educational research.
Table of Contents
1. What Happen to Critical Curriculum Theory? The Need to go Above and Beyond Neoliberal Rage Without Avoiding It; 2. ‘Retrogressive Anthropogenesis’ or the Great Regression; 3.El Patron Colonial de Poder. Game Over! To Resist Re-Existing and/or Re-Exist Resisting; 4. What Happen with Critical Curriculum Theory!; 5. The Generation of the Utopia: ‘Don’t Shoot Them!’; 6. Curriculum Involution. Severe Occidentosis; 7. ‘Don’t Shoot the Utopists’. Decolonize it.
João M. Paraskeva is Professor and Founding Chair of the Department of
Education Leadership and Program Director of the EdD PhD in Education
Leadership and Policy Studies at University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, MA, USA.