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Scripted Bodies : Corporate Power, Smart Technologies, and the Undoing of Public Education (Paperback)
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Institutions and public policy have embraced ever more repressive controls over the physical space of schools that now include arrests of young children, prison technologies, metal detectors, arming teachers, drugging students, biometric tracking systems, 'close-captioned' TV surveillance systems, Zero Tolerance, and military personnel recruited to teach and lead. These spaces of control are accompanied by repressive pedagogies that not only standardize the curriculum, time, and space of school but also control the bodies of youth and teachers.
Scripted Bodies contends that this rise in repression must be understood in relation to the broader economic, political, and cultural forces that have produce an increasingly authoritarian society. This book details how these new forms of corporeal control shut down the possibility of public schools developing as places where critical thinking becomes the organizing principle needed to contribute to a more equal, just, and democratic society. Moreover,Scripted Bodies examines how this corporeal control has expanded in education, how it impacts the mind and thinking, and the ways that different technologies are integral to these new expressions of control.