Counterrevolution and Repression in the Politics of Education : At the Midnight of Dissent
In this book, Sean Noah Walsh applies Herbert Marcuse's observations on counterrevolution to recent developments in education politics. Seemingly disparate issues such as the exercise of state power to reorganize curricula, the derision of intellectuals, the permeation of consumerism into the collegiate experience, and the expansion of online teaching belong to the same strategy in which the faculties of dissent are neutralized before they can develop and dissent is established as the paramount political obscenity.
- Hardback | 126 pages
- 157.48 x 231.14 x 15.24mm | 340.19g
- 12 Dec 2013
- Lexington Books
- Lanham, MD, United States
- 7 black & white illustrations
Sean Noah Walsh's Counterrevolution and Repression in the Politics of Education is a significant work that not only casts light on the academy as a significant driver of reification, but that also promises to help reanimate critical theory through a fresh deployment of Marcuse's works. By posing the grossly under utilized and still troubling Marcuse at a critical site of learning and communication, Walsh speaks to important questions of education, praxis and citizenship relevant not only to political theorists, but to all those within the academy seeking to challenge and improve it. -- Amy L. Buzby, Arkansas State University This is a timely and provocative assessment of current developments in the politics of academia. Equipped with a theoretical framework that draws on Marcuse, Althusser, and the semiotics of Julien Greimas, Walsh offers an astute analysis of what he considers a Marcusian 'counterrevolution' in education from the bolstering of so-called STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) at the expense of social science and humanities to the depersonalized mass teaching of MOOC. Of interest for anyone who cares about the future of academia and its role in society. -- Thomas Biebricher, Goethe-Universitat Frankfurt, Professor of Political Theory
About Sean Noah Walsh
Sean Noah Walsh is a lecturer of political theory in the Department of Politics & International Relations at Florida International University. He is the author of Perversion and the Art of Persecution.
Table of contents
Chapter 1: On the Obsolescence of Critical Theory Chapter 2: Abortion of the Intellect Chapter 3: Inhuman Minds Chapter 4: Degrees of Vulgarity Chapter 5: The Art of Teaching in the Age of Electronic Reproduction Chapter 6: The Forbidden Library Works Cited