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ERIC Number: EJ1165355
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Dec
Pages: 28
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1740-2743
Consensualised Reproduction and Fascisation of Society: Critical Pedagogy in Times of Despair
Kumar, Ravi
Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies, v15 n3 p1-28 Dec 2017
The paper looks the contemporary capitalism and how it has mounted its offensive on the lives of workers across the globe and specifically in India. The aim of education has move much beyond the idea of knowledge that the even welfare regimes conceived. It is about skilling, which in turn is about a training an individual to be unconcerned about the oppression and exploitation that goes around her. In other words, it is a tacit consensualisation for the existing order of things. This consensualisation has acquired dangerous proportions because these are also the times of a peculiar ethos emerging wherein the masses are made to instil within themselves the idea of hatred and a fascination of violence at different levels--between nations to mob lynchings and to verbal violence over social media. These are the times of, what I call, fascisation of society. What would critical pedagogy as an instrument or as a possibility to counter these processes of consensualisation and fascisation would is also being discussed here. It is argued that critical pedagogy, while locating itself within the labour-capital dialectic must also move towards exploring the possibilities of organisation or how its teachings can lead to a situation of counter-mobilisation. The idea that critical pedagogy must not profess organisation emanates from the liberal framework entrenched into the Left/Marxian thought, which does not realise that in battlefields possibilities of being neutral, quiet and non-partisan do not exist.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: India
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