Exopedagogy: On pirates, shorelines, and the educational commonwealth
Article first published online: 16 JUN 2011
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Educational Philosophy and Theory
Volume 44, Issue 8, pages 845–861, October 2012
How to Cite
LEWIS, T. E. (2012), Exopedagogy: On pirates, shorelines, and the educational commonwealth. Educational Philosophy and Theory, 44: 845–861. doi: 10.1111/j.1469-5812.2011.00759.x
- Issue published online: 14 SEP 2012
- Article first published online: 16 JUN 2011
- common schooling;
- Ivan Illich;
- Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri;
In this paper, Tyson E. Lewis challenges the dominant theoretical and practical educational responses to globalization. On the level of public policy, Lewis demonstrates the limitations of both neoliberal privatization and liberal calls for rehabilitating public schooling. On the level of pedagogy, Lewis breaks with the dominant liberal democratic tradition which focuses on the cultivation of democratic dispositions for cosmopolitan citizenship. Shifting focus, Lewis posits a new location for education out of bounds of the common sense of public versus private, nationalism versus cosmopolitanism, inclusion versus exclusion, human versus civil rights. This is the space of the commonwealth whose actors cannot be identified as ‘citizens’ but are rather the anonymous multitude. In conclusion, Lewis finds a model for organizing this commonwealth in the work of Ivan Illich, whose learning networks speak to the urgent political and pedagogical need for exodus from the conceptual vocabulary that defines much of the contemporary field of educational theory.