Longing for Justice: Higher Education and Democracy's Agenda

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University of Toronto Press, Jan 1, 2014 - Education - 272 pages

A timely and persuasive argument for Higher Education's obligations to our democratic society, Longing for Justice combines personal narrative with critical analysis to make the case for educational practices that connect to questions of democracy, justice, and the common good. Jennifer S. Simpson begins with three questions. First, what is the nature of the social contract that universities have with public life? Second, how might this social contract shape undergraduate education? And third, how do specific approaches to knowledge and undergraduate education inform how students understand society?

In a bold challenge to conventional wisdom about Higher Education, Simpson argues that today's neoliberal educational norms foreground abstract concepts and leave the complications of real life, especially the intricacies of power, unexamined. Analysing modern teaching techniques, including service learning and civic engagement, Simpson concludes that for Higher Education to serve democracy it must strengthen students' abilities to critically analyse social issues, recognize and challenge social inequities, and pursue justice.

 

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Contents

Resisting Streamlined Education
3
Considering the We of Public Life
42
The Burden of Liberal Norms
67
The Relationship of the Subject and the Social
108
Education Ethics and Interests
136
Possibilities for Understanding the Social
162
Democracys Agenda and Curricular and Pedagogical Possibilities
201
Notes
231
References
237
Index
263
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Jennifer S. Simpson is Dean, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Memorial University, Newfoundland..

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