Benign Violence: Education in and Beyond the Age of Reason

Benign Violence: Education in and Beyond the Age of Reason

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Education is a violent act, yet this violence is concealed by its good intent. Education presents itself as a distinctly improving, enabling practice. Even its most radical critics assume that education is, at core, an incontestable social good. Setting education in its political context, this book offers a history of good intentions, ranging from the birth of modern schooling and modern examination, to the rise (and fall) of meritocracy. In challenging all that is well-intentioned in education, this book reveals how our educational commitments are always underwritten by violence. Our highest ideals have the lowest origins. Seeking to unsettle a settled conscience, this book is designed to disturb the reader. Education constitutes us as subjects; we owe our existence to its violent inscriptions. Those who refuse or rebel against our educational present must begin by objecting to the subjects we have become.He enters his pin code and waits for the money. ... My generation is accustomed to this experience. ... to the Nazi regime: The physician examines the human body and determines whether...all organs are working to the benefit of the entire organism. ... These characteristics are grouped like the organs of our cultural body, and they will be calculated and determined with the help of our tabulating machine.


Title:Benign Violence: Education in and Beyond the Age of Reason
Author: Ansgar Allen
Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan - 2014-07-23
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