Collective Praxis: A Theoretical Vision
Over previous decades, cultural studies in education has begun to take seriously the idea that the political and cultural spheres maintain their own sectors separate from the economy. Agency not only is a theoretical possibility; it has become a conceptual assumption. In contemporary terms (see McCarthy 2016), the everyday artistic performances “ordinary” human beings engage in matter and performative discourses have material effects.
Following Nicos Poulantza’s (1969, 1978) work on the relative autonomy of the State, the site of schooling should not be considered a mere epiphenomenon. Rather, as both a political institution and a sector in the cultural sphere, the school is inexorably a site of cultural and ethical/moral politics. The global processes of neoliberalism and the undermining of the public square in education differentially affect public schools and their ever-shifting student bodies. Students feel simultaneously trapped in a series of never ending...
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