Beyond Education

Beyond Education

Radical Studying for Another World

Eli Meyerhoff

A bold call to deromanticize education and reframe universities as terrains of struggle between alternative modes of studying and world-making

272 Pages, 6 x 9 in

  • Paperback
  • 9781517902032
  • Published: July 23, 2019
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  • Hardcover
  • 9781517902025
  • Published: July 23, 2019
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  • eBook
  • 9781452960227
  • Published: July 23, 2019
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Beyond Education

Radical Studying for Another World

Eli Meyerhoff

ISBN: 9781517902032

Publication date: July 23rd, 2019

272 Pages

10 b&w illustrations

8 x 5

"One of the book’s virtues is the sustained attention it gives to how levels-based schooling has been complicit in, or has actively contributed to, past and present social problems. Beyond Education makes a laudable contribution to critical educational studies."—Full Stop

 

"What sets this book apart from other more polemic volumes (and there are dozens on both sides of the political spectrum) is the clarity of Meyerhoff’s writing, his use of individual narratives to make his points, and his references to similarly accessible works."—CHOICE

 

"This book invites readers to imagine and create kinds of studying that are not anchored in the conventional academic world of universities but are instead created out of and for "alternative modes of study and worldmaking" (200)."—Theory & Event

 

"A thorough and provocative book with plenty to say to our movement."—Against the Current

 


A bold call to deromanticize education and reframe universities as terrains of struggle between alternative modes of studying and world-making  


Higher education is at an impasse. Black Lives Matter and #MeToo show that racism and sexism remain pervasive on campus, while student and faculty movements fight to reverse increased tuition, student debt, corporatization, and adjunctification. Commentators typically frame these issues as crises for an otherwise optimal mode of intellectual and professional development. In Beyond Education, Eli Meyerhoff instead sees this impasse as inherent to universities, as sites of intersecting political struggles over resources for studying.

Meyerhoff argues that the predominant mode of study, education, is only one among many alternatives and that it must be deromanticized in order to recognize it as a colonial-capitalist institution. He traces how key elements of education—the vertical trajectory of individualized development, its role in preparing people to participate in governance through a pedagogical mode of accounting, and dichotomous figures of educational waste (the “dropout”) and value (the “graduate”)—emerged from histories of struggles in opposition to alternative modes of study bound up with different modes of world-making.

Through interviews with participants in contemporary university struggles and embedded research with an anarchist free university, Beyond Education paves new avenues for achieving the aims of an “alter-university” movement to put novel modes of study into practice. Taking inspiration from Black Lives Matter, Occupy Wall Street, and Indigenous resurgence projects, it charts a new course for movements within, against, and beyond the university as we know it.

Eli Meyerhoff is a visiting scholar in Duke University’s John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute and program coordinator of the Social Movements Lab. He earned a PhD in political science from the University of Minnesota.