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Title: The end of Democracy and the modes of resistance in Education
Authors: Reis, Carlos Sousa
Formosinho, Maria das Dores
García Del Dujo, Ágel
Keywords: Democracy
Voluntary Servitude
Struggles for Recognition
Issue Date: 2017
Publisher: Horizon Research
Citation: Reis, C. S. &. Formosinho, M., & García Del Dujo, A. (2017). The end of democracy and the modes of Resistance in education. Universal Journal of Education Research, 5(12A), Special Edition on New Tendencies in Educational Sciences, pp.48-55. Disponível no Repositório UPT,
Abstract: Our scope is to show how democracy has been trivialized as a concept and, more worryingly, as a mystified practice of consented servitude, which supposedly would bring to its very end. In fact, for the emblematic occidental societies, democracy has, at the best, been reduced to a consumerist way of life, under the capitalist liberal order, and the façade of a 'spectacularized' electoral process. Overall, the word 'democracy' is currently used to mask different forms of authoritarianism, from which nor even western societies escape. In such context, as to the promises of democracy for schools' systems, we see nothing but a bureaucratic centralization, allowing no more than an instrumental autonomy of power of execution through which the players only enjoy a 'voluntary servitude' to the neoliberal naturalized ideology of efficiency, competitiveness and pseudo meritocracy. We thus conclude by suggesting possibilities of resistance and the empowerment of the subject.
ISSN: 2332-3213
Appears in Collections:INPP - Artigos em Revistas Internacionais / Papers in International Journals

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