Education in the Age of Biocapitalism: Optimizing Educational Life for a Flat World

Education in the Age of Biocapitalism: Optimizing Educational Life for a Flat World

by Clayton Pierce
     
 

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Winner of the 2013 AESA Critics Choice Book Award

As an economic model built on finding and creating new commodities from existing forms of life, biocapitalism has fundamentally changed how we understand the boundaries between nature and culture and thus relations between humans and nonhumans. How, for example, should educators, students, and

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Winner of the 2013 AESA Critics Choice Book Award

As an economic model built on finding and creating new commodities from existing forms of life, biocapitalism has fundamentally changed how we understand the boundaries between nature and culture and thus relations between humans and nonhumans. How, for example, should educators, students, and communities respond to developments such as the first genetically engineered animal made for human consumption, powerful new psychotropic drugs designed to target behavioral 'disorders' in students, genetic explanations of learning and intelligence, and new methods of educational assessment interested in determining the added value of students and teachers in the classroom? Education in the Age of Biocapitalism is the first book to not only chart how education should respond to the historic challenges of living in a biocapitalist society but also to examine how human-capital understandings of education have merged with the productive paradigm of biocapitalism interested in extracting the most value out of life.

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Winner of the 2013 AESA Critics Choice Book Award

'The book is a deep theoretical probe into the agenda and assumptions of current education policy initiatives and an important practical means for developing alternatives. This is a must have for all collections serving the social sciences, education, and education-related related fields.' -Choice

"Clayton Pierce's Education in the Age of Biocapitalism challenges educators to rethink and reconstruct education in an era marked by a frightening acceleration of potentially dangerous biotechnologies and crises and devastation of global capitalism that affects life itself. Pierce raises the question 'What kind of life do we want education to be for?' and challenges educators and citizens to produce an educational life worthy of human beings and the nonhuman world." - Douglas Kellner, George F. Kneller Chair in the Philosophy of Education, University of California, Los Angeles, USA and author of Media Spectacle and Insurrection, 2011: From the Arab Uprisings to Occupy Everywhere


"This ambitious project provides a sturdy bridge between educational theory and the rich literatures of biopolitics. It resituates Marxian forms of analyses into a biopolitical critique in order to illuminate how neoliberal pressures on schooling are treating student bodies as resources to be mined in order to satisfy goals of national security and capitalist expansion. Yet it also identifies practices of resistance and alternative forms of education that can emerge even in such contexts. Pierce has provided a valuable contribution to contemporary efforts to steer a steady path toward egalitarian transformations of US education." - Sandra Harding, Departments of Education and Women's Studies, University of California, Los Angeles, USA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781137027825
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
01/08/2013
Series:
New Frontiers in Education, Culture, and Policy Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
220
Sales rank:
806,083
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.60(d)

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