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The late Joe Kincheloe once wrote that ‘... the amazing Deakin Mafia provided innovative and unprecedented critical scholarship on education for a few short years’. Informed by various theoretical perspectives (eg., critical theory, neo-Marxist, poststructuralist, postcolonial, feminist, critical literacy, Bourdieuian, Foucauldian) key Deakin University scholars pursued their commitments to social justice though education. A certain criticality characterised their work. Individually and collectively they created a national and international reputation for critical scholarship in education. Since that time (the 1980s and 90s), however, most of the Deakin ‘mafia’ have moved to senior academic posts elsewhere in Australian and internationally and their influence in educational research and discourse now continues as members of the ‘Deakin diaspora’. This collection is an account of the stories of many of these scholars. It will provide valuable reading for any scholar of education who is particularly interested in critical pedagogy and the critical project in education more generally. It also provides insights into what makes a faculty of education successful at a particular point in time.
Acknowledgements; Foreword; Introduction; 1. And what rough beast, its hour come round at last, struggles to be born?; 2. Enactments, networks and quasi-objects: a stranger in a strange land; 3. Education@Deakin: The pleasure of intellectual travel and the baggage of staying home; 4. Reflections on the Deakin assemblage of/for the critical project; 5. My Deakin Days; 6. Remembering and forgetting; 7. Becoming critical at Deakin; 8. A melancholic melody; 9. Writing the past, writing the self, re-collecting Deakin; 10. Leftist hegemony: Personal, professional and institutional; 11. Avenging Betty: Reflections of a Deakin (post)graduate; 12. Contesting criticality in a scholarly diaspora; 13. Transformative knowledge exchange and critical pedagogy: Internationalising education through intellectual engagement; 14. The Deakin experience: The discovery, crafting, and finessing a critical perspective with which to speak back; 15. There are many places to start and each leads in a different direction; List of contributors