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

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This book is an in-depth examination of the growing alignment between powerful global bioindustries and education reform in the U.S. Utilizing a biopolitical methodology, the book focuses on how value-added measures and other neoliberal strategies embedded in policies such as 'race to the top' are involving schools in a project to manage and regulate educational life for competing in a new 'flat world'. Understanding the educational present, this work argues, requires individuals to consider what advanced ...

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Overview

This book is an in-depth examination of the growing alignment between powerful global bioindustries and education reform in the U.S. Utilizing a biopolitical methodology, the book focuses on how value-added measures and other neoliberal strategies embedded in policies such as 'race to the top' are involving schools in a project to manage and regulate educational life for competing in a new 'flat world'. Understanding the educational present, this work argues, requires individuals to consider what advanced industrialized nations across the globe are viewing as the future. Biocapitalist development in areas such as genetic engineering, drug therapies, and cellular cloning is the promissory future driving nations like the U.S. to out-compete and out-educate one another at any cost. This book assesses the implications for education in the biocapitalist era and points to alternative futures not based on such a vision of life and its productive potential.

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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

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Clayton Pierce is Assistant Professor in the Department of Education, Culture, & Society at the University of Utah. He is the co-editor of two volumes of the collected papers of Herbert Marcuse, Philosophy, Psychoanalysis, and Emancipation and Marxism, Revolution and Utopia. Pierce's work also appears in top educational journals, such as Educational Theory, Educational Philosophy and Theory, and Cultural Studies of Science Education, and in a number of books. His research and work in schools and communities focuses on developing alternative theories and practices of learning and knowing to counteract dominant neoliberal approaches shaping education in the United States.

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Table of Contents

The Promissory Future(s) of Education: Rethinking Schooling in the Biocapitalist Era*Biopolitics and Education: A Return to the Question of Life and Schools*The Valorization of Kids: Value Added Schooling and its Biopolitical Implications*How the 'Flat World' was Discovered: The Entwinement of Educational and Economic Crisis*Managing Educational Life through Biopharmacueticals: The Biomedicalization of Students' Bodies*Groundwork for a Vital Politics of Education

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