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ERIC Number: EJ1142400
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISSN: ISSN-1755-2273
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Pedagogies of Resistance: Free Universities and the Radical Re-Imagination of Study
Thompsett, Fern
Learning and Teaching: The International Journal of Higher Education in the Social Sciences, v10 n1 p24-41 Spr 2017
Free universities are diverse but loosely networked projects that resist repressive capitalist and state configurations of power by re-imagining teaching, learning and research on their own terms, often through radical and ongoing experimentation. Drawing from my own experiences as a co-founder and organiser of the Brisbane Free University, along with research I conducted with around twenty-five different free universities across the U.S.A., Canada and Mexico, I focus in this article on activists' attempts to develop emancipatory countercapitalist pedagogies. Using Harney and Moten's (2013) notion of the tension between "study" and "education", with the former connoting a vast realm of possibilities for learning and the latter pointing to the presence of predefined end-points, I ask: when does activists' prefigurative work orbit around explicitly countercapitalist end-points to learning (against capitalism), and when do they attempt to abandon endpoints altogether, in favour of "radically open" forms of "learning for its own sake" (beyond capitalism)?
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United States; Canada; Mexico
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