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Subjectivities, Identities, and Education after Neoliberalism
Rising from the Rubble

ISBN 9780367660260
Published September 30, 2020 by Routledge
148 Pages

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Book Description

In this book, DeLeon presents a critique of neoliberalism and present times through a metaphor of social collapse and considers what remains once the dust has settled for a different kind of person to emerge. Engaging a variety of social, political and educational theories, along with pop culture and literature, DeLeon positions humanity at the edges of collapse and what will emerge after the fall. Engaging academic and fictional alternatives, he imagines future possibilities through a new kind of person that rises from the rubble. Questioning the foundations of empiricism, standardization and "reproducible" results that reject new forms of social and political projects from materializing, DeLeon discusses the potentials of the imagination and the ways in which it can produce alternative possibilities for our collective future when unleashed and combined with fictional narratives. Moving across multiple intellectual, philosophical, artistic, and historical traditions, he constructs a radical, interdisciplinary vision that challenges us to think about transforming our collective future(s), one in which we construct a new kind of person ready to tackle the challenges of a potentially liberatory future and what this might entail.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Neoliberal Fantasies and Current Predicaments

Chapter 2: Intermezzo – Destruction

Chapter 3: Outside the Margins of Reality

Chapter 4: Symbolism

Chapter 5: Awakening the Imagination

Afterword: Waking up to a New World


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Abraham P. DeLeon is Associate Professor of Social Foundations at the University of Texas at San Antonio, USA.


"Abraham P. DeLeon deconstructs states’ dominance over identity management that lurks around our daily lives. He does so by unleashing tethered subjectivities via the radical questioning of power, and the nature of knowledge with interdisciplinary theories such as poststructuralism, postcolonialism, anarchist theory, and critical animal studies. [...]
He encourages researchers to take inspiration from multiple disciplines along with what has traditionally been excluded from academia, including a variety of artistic, philosophical, poetic, linguistic, educational and theoretical domains."

-Insil Jeon, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities College of Education and Human Development