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ERIC Number: EJ814530
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Sep
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 73
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1946
Oh No, Not the "A" Word! Proposing an "Anarchism" for Education
DeLeon, Abraham
Educational Studies: Journal of the American Educational Studies Association, v44 n2 p122-141 Sep 2008
Anarchist theory has a long-standing history in political theory, sociology, and philosophy. As a radical discourse, anarchist theory pushes educators and researchers towards new conceptualizations of community, theory, and praxis. Early writers, like Joseph Proudhoun and Emma Goldman, to more contemporary anarchists, such as Noam Chomsky, have established anarchist theory as an important school of thought that sits outside the Marxist discourses that have dominated the radical academic scene. Today, anarchists have been responsible for staging effective protests (specifically, Seattle, 1999) and have influenced autonomous groups like the Animal Liberation Front in their organizational and guiding philosophies. Interestingly, anarchism is glaringly absent from the literature in educational theory and research. In this article, I highlight aspects of anarchist theory that are particularly applicable to education, and also establishes specific ways that anarchist theory can inform one's own educational praxis. Specifically, I employ the anarchist framework of "direct action" and micro-level strategies, such as "sabotage", that challenge people to resist the oppressive practices found in institutions today. (Contains 2 notes.)
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Praxis Series