Discerning Critical Hope in Educational Practices
Edited by Vivienne Bozalek, Brenda Leibowitz, Ronelle Carolissen, Megan Boler
To Be Published December 1st 2013 by Routledge – 224 pages
How can discerning critical hope enable us to develop innovative forms of teaching and learning and social practices, that begin to address issues of marginalization, privilege, and access across different contexts?
At this millennial point in history, questions of cynicism, despair and hope arise at every turn, especially within areas of research into social justice, and the struggle for transformation in education. While a sense of fatalism and despair is more easily recognizable, establishing compelling bases for hope is more difficult. This book addresses the absence of sustained analyses of hope, that simultaneously recognize the hard edges of why we despair.
This book posits the notion of critical hope not only as conceptual and theoretical, but also as an action-oriented response to this despair. Our notion of critical hope is used in two ways. It is used firstly as a unitary concept which cannot be disaggregated into either hopefulness or criticality. It is used secondly, as an analytical concept, where critical hope is engaged and diversely theorized in ways that recognize aspects of individual and collective directions of critical hope. The book is split into three key areas:
- Critical Hope as Struggle for Social Transformation
- The Dangers of False Hope
- Challenging dominant knowledge and pedagogies
Education can be a purveyor of critical hope, but it also requires critical hope so that it, as a sector itself, can be transformative.
Introduction Vivienne Bozalek, Ronelle Carolissen and Brenda Leibowitz Part I: Critical Hope as Struggle for Social Transformation Hope: An Emancipatory Resource Across the Ages John Horton Liberation Education, Hope, and Despair in the Struggle Against Racism Ronald Glass Agents of Critical Hope: Black British narratives Paul Warmington Spaces of Hope: Civic, Political and Artistic Digital and Social Media as Radical Public Interventions Megan Boler Part II: The Dangers of False Hope Hoping for Care or Caring for Hope? Joan Tronto Critical Hope, ‘Progressive Pedagogies’ and the Limits of Human Rights Education Andre Keet Critical Hope: Deconstruction of the Politics of HOPE(-project) at a South African University Henk van Rinsum Part III: Challenging Dominant Knowledges and Pedagogies Toward an Agonistic Politics of Critical Hope in Education Michalinos Zembylas Shards and Fragments: Critical Hope Merlyne Cruz Is There Anything Wrong with Narratives of Hope in Teacher Education? Gustavo E. Fischman A Pedagogy of Hope in South African Higher Education? Vivienne Bozalek, Ronelle Carolissen and Brenda Leibowitz
Vivienne Bozalek is Director of Teaching and Learning at the University of the Western Cape, South Africa.
Brenda Leibowitz is Director of Teaching and Learning at Stellenbosch University, South Africa.
Ronelle Carolissen is Associate Professor in Educational Psychology at Stellenbosch University.
Megan Boler is Professor in the History and Philosophy of Education at the University of Toronto.