Manifesto for a Post-Critical Pedagogy

Naomi Hodgson, Joris Vlieghe, Piotr Zamojski

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The belief in the transformative potential of education has long underpinned critical educational theory. But its concerns have also been largely political and economic, using education as the means to achieve a better - or ideal - future state: of equality and social justice. In Manifesto for a Post-Critical Pedagogy (Punctum Books, 2017) our concern is not whether such a state can be realized. Rather, the belief in the transformative potential of education leads us to start from the assumption of equality and to attend to what is "educational" about education. The original "Manifesto" invites a shift from a critical pedagogy premised on revealing what is wrong with the world and using education to solve it, to an affirmative stance that acknowledges what is educational in our existing practices. It is focused on what we do and what we can do, if we approach education with love for the world and acknowledge that education is based on hope in the present, rather than on optimism for an eternally deferred future. The Manifesto for a Post-Critical Pedagogy sets out five principles that make manifest those educational practices that do exist today and that we wish to defend. The "Manifesto" also acts as a provocation, to start a conversation about what this means for research, pedagogy, and our relation to our children, each other, and the world.
Original languageUndefined/Unknown
Place of PublicationSanta Barabara: CA
PublisherPunctum Books
ISBN (Print)9781947447387
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018


  • cultural studies
  • critical theory

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