The Politics of Engagement and Disengagement
Editors: Shultz, Lynette, Kajner, Tania (Eds.)Free Preview
- Tania Kajner and Lynette Shultz offer us a terrific new bouquet of challenges, critiques, theories and practices. This new book is wonderfully timely and fascinating reading for the growing number of scholar-activists, community researchers, administrators of engagements strategies, social movement members and others who are increasingly clustering around the light that we call engaged scholarship.
- The arrival of this book is an indication that we are moving into a new historical stage in the dance between higher education and community-based research.
- Shultz, Kajner and their colleagues have seen the opening of the doors of the new era of engaged scholarship, an era demanding deeper theory and more critical practices, and they invite us to join with them in this new and promising discussion.
- About this book
This volume brings together diverse theoretical reflections and practices of community engaged scholarship in order to stimulate critical discussion, deepen theory, and invite critical practice. It is an international trend that higher education institutions and agencies are encouraging and promoting community engagement. At the same time, there is recognition of a lack of consistent definitions and understandings of what it is they are promoting. As a counterweight to the dominance of pragmatic and technical discussions in the literature on engaged scholarship, the chapters in this book shift the discourse to ask foundational questions that emphasize the political nature of engagement. Recognizing that acts of engagement are never neutral, the authors in this book explore how engaged scholarship requires decision-making that is inherently grounded in values, beliefs, and interpretations of what is and what ought to be. Alongside complex global and local social movements rising to address issues, for example climate change or the global financial collapse and the uneven consequences of these globalized problems, we see corresponding concerns expressed about the limited participation by excluded, silenced, and invisibilized people throughout the world. How can engaged scholarship be mobilized and who will it serve within such contexts? With contributions covering such diverse topics as a non-binary approach to engagement; citizenship of knowledge; university contexts and corporatization; stranger pedagogies and anti-foundational approaches to service learning; contemporary revolutionary movements in the Arab world; and transforming higher education through Africanist onto-epistemologies, this volume is poised to open the door to a deeper understanding of engaged scholarship.
- Table of contents (12 chapters)
Beyond the Binary
Between Engagement and Citizenship
Engaged Scholarship in a Time of the Corporatization of the University and Distrust of the Public Sphere
Engaging Africanist Philosophies and Epistemologies in Education for Social Development
Table of contents (12 chapters)
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- Book Title
- Engaged Scholarship
- Book Subtitle
- The Politics of Engagement and Disengagement
- Lynette Shultz
- Tania Kajner
- Series Title
- Comparative and International Education: A Diversity of Voices
- Sense Publishers
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- Number of Pages
- X, 190