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Explorations of Educational Purpose

Breaching the Colonial Contract

Anti-Colonialism in the US and Canada

Editors: Kempf, Arlo (Ed.)

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  • First comparative study of the US and Canada from an anti-colonial perspective
  • Presents an increasingly popular integrative framework which allows for cross-field pollination and collaboration
  • Supports an integrative approach to anti-oppression scholarship
  • Contributions from leading thinkers such as Henry Giroux, Ward Churchill, Peter McLaren and Joe Kincheloe
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Almost a decade in, Empire remains the 21st Century’s dominant mode of cultural production, and North America remains at the apex of the colonial imperative. The contributors to this volume argue that, far from being a post-colonial world, the struggle for independence of polity and culture is still alive and relevant.

The book brings together relevant examples of anti-colonial discourse and struggle from across the US and Canada, providing unique perspectives on resistance, activism, scholarship and pedagogy. Anti-colonialism is an evolving framework to which this book hopes to make a unique contribution, with the range, depth and analytical approach of the chapters it contains.

The emphasis on anti-colonial resistance here is significant, as it consistently reveals the personal commitment required for the undoing of domination, as well as the ways in which people can collectively pursue radical politics in their aim of bringing about social justice. The book examines a multitude of actions which could be termed anti-colonial, from student walkouts along the US/Mexico border, to interrogations of the relationship between indigenous and anti-racist struggles in North America, to analyses of the implications of anti-colonialism for community unionism as well as disability rights struggles.

Chapters also look at the movement for Africentric schools in Toronto, provide an annotated and comparative look at the myriad struggles for and by the Fourth World and Fourth World nations, and analyze the creation of an anti-colonial classroom in a Montreal university. They also explore the colonial underpinnings of multicultural education in the US.

With contributions from leading thinkers such as Henry Giroux, Ward Churchill, and Peter McLaren, as well as fresh perspectives from junior academics, this book provides a diverse and varied survey of anti-colonialism in the US and Canada. It will be a thought-provoking read for those working in a wide variety of disciplines, from Sociology to Politics.

In daring and incisive ways, Arlo Kempf's collection further positions anti-colonialism as the necessary educational project for the colonizer and colonized within us all; it reflectively re-sets the radical education agenda, with telling historical and current instances that are used by the book's authors to move constructively forward in critical ways. John Willinsky, Stanford University, USA

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“In Breaching the Colonial Contract: Anti-Colonialism in the US and Canada, Arlo Kempf invites the reader to reformulate the ontological as well as the epistemological tools used in examining social power relations of colonialism experienced in the US and Canada. … the ideas presented in this book, will resonate well with any reader who is discontent with institutionalized pedagogies and educational practices that reproduce and are blind to the legacy of colonization.” (Engin Atasay, The International Journal of Illich Studies, Vol. 2 (1), 2010)


Table of contents (14 chapters)

Table of contents (14 chapters)
  • Introduction: The Politics of the North American Colonial in 2009

    Pages 1-11

    Kempf, Arlo

  • Contemporary Anticolonialism: A Transhistorical Perspective

    Pages 13-34

    Kempf, Arlo

  • Self-Determination and the Fourth World: An Introductory Survey

    Pages 35-51

    Churchill, Ward

  • Making Explicit the Jurisprudential Foundations of Multiculturalism: The Continuing Challenges of Colonial Education in US Schooling for Indigenous Education

    Pages 53-78

    Calderón, Dolores

  • Paulo Freire and the Politics of Postcolonialism

    Pages 79-89

    Giroux, Henry A.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Breaching the Colonial Contract
Book Subtitle
Anti-Colonialism in the US and Canada
Editors
  • Arlo Kempf
Series Title
Explorations of Educational Purpose
Series Volume
8
Copyright
2009
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-1-4020-9944-1
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4020-9944-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-9943-4
Softcover ISBN
978-90-481-3888-3
Series ISSN
1875-4449
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVIII, 270
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