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Dissident Knowledge in Higher Education

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Dissident knowledge in higher education / edited with an introduction by Marc Spooner
& James McNinch. 2018 University of Regina Press 


Current global trends suggest a time of exciting possibility for scholars as critical, community-engaged, and participatory epistemologies come to the fore.

Yet, just as possibilities invite academics to broaden and deepen scholarship in ways unimagined a decade before, a parallel shift towards a neoliberal and accountability-focused culture – both in the academy and in society – imperils every new opportunity.

In Dissident Knowledge, Noam Chomsky, Linda Tuhiwai Smith, Yvonna S. Lincoln, and others delve into the effects of colonialism, neoliberalism, and audit culture on higher education. They present promising avenues of resistance and show how to shape, reinvent, and construct life for faculty in institutions that serve as both a safe harbour and enforcer. 


"[A] rich examination of the impact of corporatization of our universities, as well as how they can be reclaimed." - James Turk, editor of Academic Freedom in Conflict

"This book maps the path toward a university based on ethics and justice rather than corporate needs. It reaches anyone who wants to understand the social, political, and economic trends that define our times." - William Ayers, author of Teaching with Conscience in an Imperfect World

"The space for dissent and democratic debate is quickly shrinking both in public life and academic institutions. This volume helps readers ask critical and conscious questions about what it means to contend for truth." - Gloria Ladson-Billings, author of The Dreamkeepers

"Fueling the current onslaught on higher education is the perfect storm of neoliberalism at its apex, totalitarianism on the rise, and enduring legacies of colonialism, white supremacy, heteropatriarchy, and imperialism. Education has never been guarded from such forces, but nor has it ever been free of contestation, and higher education in particular has long perpetuated injustice even as it seeded revolutions. Such is the searing analysis and nurturing of hope offered by an all-star collection of scholars." - Kevin Kumashiro, author of Bad Teacher!: How Blaming Teachers Distorts the Bigger Picture



  • Foreword.- The Trump Card: Racialized Speech in the Era of Desperate White Supremacy.- Zeus Leonardo
  • Preface.- Marc Spooner and James McNinch 
  • Introduction.- Marc Spooner and James McNinch 

Part I. Historical Perspectives and Overview

  • Chapter 1.- A Dangerous Accountability: Neoliberalism’s Veer toward Accountancy in Higher Education | Yvonna S. Lincoln 
  • Chapter 2.- The Art of the Impossible—Defining and Measuring Indigenous Research? | Linda Tuhiwai Smith 
  • Chapter 3.- An Interview with Dr. Norman K. Denzin on the Politics of Evidence, Science, and Research
  • Chapter 4.- An Interview with Dr. Noam Chomsky on Neoliberalism, Society, and Higher Education

Part II. Activism, Science, and Global and Local Knowledge

  • Chapter 5-. Accumulation and Its Dis’(sed) Contents: The Politics of Evidence in the Struggle for Public Education | Michelle Fine
  • Chapter 6-. Beyond Epistemicide: Knowledge Democracy and Higher Education | Budd L. Hall 
  • Chapter 7-. Within and Beyond Neoliberalism: Doing Qualitative Research in the Afterward | Patti Lather 

Part III. Theorizing the Colonial Academy and Indigenous Knowledge

  • Chapter 8.- Reconciling Indigenous Knowledge in Education: Promises, Possibilities, and Imperatives | Marie Battiste 
  • Chapter 9.- Biting the University That Feeds Us | Eve Tuck 
  • Chapter 10.- Refusing the University | Sandy Grande

Part IV. From Counting Out, to Counting On, the Scholars 

  • Chapter 11.- Beyond Individualism: The Psychosocial Life of the Neoliberal University | Rosalind Gill
  • Chapter 12.- Fatal Distraction: Audit Culture and Accountability in the Corporate University | Joel Westheimer 
  • Chapter 13.- Public Scholarship and Faculty Agency: Rethinking “Teaching, Scholarship, and Service” | Christopher Meyers 
  • Afterword.- The Defenestration of Democracy | Peter McLaren 

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