Education and the politics of cyberpunk
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- Journal Article
- Review of Education Pedagogy and Cultural Studies, 2005, 27 (2), pp. 159 - 170
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The importance in contemporary education of critical theory as a pedagogic basis for the analysis of textual and cultural resources creates a space for educationalists to implement meaningful curriculum content. The genre of cyberpunk acts on this level, yet also activates a complex micropolitical field that will affect participants in these lessons. For example, education using cyberpunk assumes that computers shall be set into place in terms of the learning process, but contests the social functionalism of this placement as a means to enhanced, large scale capitalist organization. This is because the learning process that is initiated due to cyberpunk does not try to unify the fractured individual. Pierre Bourdieu (1980) in Outline of a Theory of Practices invoked the category of habitus to explain the subordinate relationships inherent within worker= manager, student=school administration, and child=parent complexes.
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