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1st Edition

The Pedagogies and Politics of Liking

ISBN 9780367195137
Published June 4, 2019 by Routledge
234 Pages

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Book Description

This book explores the usage and significance of the word "like" across a wide range of disciplines, focusing in particular on its influence in education and pedagogy. From the advent of the "like button" on Facebook to the common verbal tic, liking has become an integral part of our everyday lives. By drawing on feminist, queer, and other critical traditions, the authors evaluate this phenomenon in order to interrogate its history, its linguistic function, its role in labor and economics, and its ties to, and separation from, religion. As the notion of "like" becomes more and more ubiquitous, this critical volume demonstrates the need to consider like, liking, and likeability when thinking about the institutions that impact us daily.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1 – On The Ubiquity of Like

Chapter 2 – Critique, Writing, and Research: On Liking Academic Labor

Chapter 3 – The Scandals of Liking: Between Religion and Sexuality

Chapter 4 – On Liking Pedagogical Relationships: Accompaniment, Bargaining & Friendship

Chapter 5 – To Be Liked: On the Politics and Ethics of Likeability

Chapter 6 – Love has Won, so now What? A Politics of Liking

Chapter 7 – Tending Toward and Away from Liking

Author Biographies

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Adam J. Greteman is Adjunct Assistant Professor of Art Education at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an affiliate faculty member in Interdisciplinary Studies at Creighton University, USA.

Kevin J. Burke is Assistant Professor of English Education in the department of Language and Literacy at the University of Georgia, USA.