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.
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
Routledge Critical Studies in Gender and Sexuality in Education showcases scholarly work over a wide range of educational topics, contexts and locations within gender and sexuality in education. The series welcomes theoretically informed scholarship including critical, feminist, queer, trans, postcolonial, and intersectional perspectives, and encourages creative and innovative methodological approaches. Proposals dealing with critical policy analysis, as it relates to gender and sexuality studies in education, are also invited. The series is committed to publishing scholarly monographs, both sole and co-authored, and edited collections.