Marxism, Pedagogy, and the General Intellect

Beyond the Knowledge Economy

Authors: Ford, Derek R.

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  • Demonstrates the underlying educational logic of the knowledge economy
  • Presents an alternative logic by building on Marxism
  • Makes a key contribution to contemporary Marxist thought, knowledge economy, and education
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This book is the first to articulate and challenge the consensus on the right and left that knowledge is the key to any problem, demonstrating how the left’s embrace of knowledge productivity keeps it trapped within capital’s circuits. As the knowledge economy has forced questions of education to the forefront, the book engages pedagogy as an underlying yet neglected motor of capitalism and its forms of oppression. Most importantly, it assembles new pedagogical resources for responding to the range of injustices that permeate our world. Building on yet critiquing the Marxist notion of the general intellect, Derek R. Ford theorizes stupidity as a necessary alternative pedagogical logic, an anti-value that is infinitely mute and unproductive.

About the authors

Derek R. Ford is Assistant Professor of Education Studies at DePauw University, USA. He’s published five monographs and six edited volumes. Among other projects, Ford is also the editor of LiberationSchool.org.

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"Radical stupidity and a rejuvenated General Intellect versus capitalism’s knowledge economy: In this landmine of a book, Derek R. Ford convinces us that we have everything to gain by choosing the former." (Glenn Rikowski, Visiting Fellow, College of Social Science, University of Lincoln, UK.)

"Ford’s book beautifully cuts into the pedagogical how of knowledge emerging and returning from noise, how learning, which both the capitalists and the leftist endorse, makes knowledge emerge from noise to be 'grasped,' made transparent, and actualized. More importantly, in this stupefying yet clear presentation, he shows how stupidity can work as an alternative pedagogy that gestures toward an exodus of returning to the noise as it remains and sustains to build a communist world." (Weili Zhao, Assistant Professor of Curriculum and Instruction, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, China.)

"Marxism, Pedagogy, and the General Intellect provides crucial suggestions for the design and conceptualization of a 'new' public. The creatively and innovatively surprising argument generatively builds on Marxist theory and practice, and will be indispensable for adequately approaching the contemporary situation and redressing the problems generated by the contemporary capitalistic knowledge economy." (Ryom Munsong, Associate Professor of Faculty of Foreign Languages, Korea University (in Tokyo) and Vice Chief, Research Team on Contemporary Korean Studies at the Center for Korean Studies.)

"One would have to be truly stupid to enjoy this book, as it has no value whatsoever! Normally, such a comment would be considered the greatest insult, but Ford has written a book with a surprisingly subversive thesis that demands an equally surprising endorsement. If the left is to challenge the knowledge economy, it must recognize the collective power of stupidity as a refusal to instrumentalize, measure, and thus commodify education in the name of capitalist value production. Drawing on a wide variety of sources ranging from Karl Marx to Édouard Glissant to Avital Ronell and others, Ford produces a unique genealogy of stupefying pedagogies that enables social movements to claim the opacity and incomprehensibility of stupidity as resistant to the ignorance and arrogance of educators on the right and the left." (Tyson E. Lewis, Professor of Art Education, University of North Texas, USA.)

"It’s a necessary book for our moment, as organizers increasingly recognize the importance of educational processes to revolutionary transformation. In this sense, Ford’s book is a crucial offering to these movements." (Bradley Porfilio, The Hampton Institute)


Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Marxism, Pedagogy, and the General Intellect
Book Subtitle
Beyond the Knowledge Economy
Authors
Copyright
2021
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-83834-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-83834-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-83833-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 117
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