Beyond Education

Radical Studying for Another World

Beyond Education (2019, University of Minnesota Press)

272 pages

English language

Published Feb. 21, 2019 by University of Minnesota Press.


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2 stars (1 review)

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 …

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2 stars

I thought I'd like this book, even though the title put me off. I don't think it's possible to go "beyond education" because the word 'education' means 'learning' and 'cultural transmission' and has been a word that, in a lot of ways, has found a 'subverted' meaning beyond what the original intention might have been. The author explicitly uses it to mean institutionalised learning, such as schooling. I disagree with him on that point.

But as a result of reading this book, there are two phrases I'd like to avoid for the rest of time: "I contend" and variations on "take the baton." Both of these phrases were used often enough for it to be annoying.

The lack of cohesive definitions makes this book frustrating to read. There's a lot of jumping between phrases, which is just annoying. There's also a point where he's used versions of "modernist/colonial" to describe …


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