Undercover education : mice, mimesis, and parasites in the teaching machine

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dc.contributor.author Pedersen, Helena
dc.date.accessioned 2012-07-02T13:04:54Z
dc.date.available 2012-07-02T13:04:54Z
dc.date.issued 2012 en_US
dc.identifier.citation 365-386 en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0039-3746 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2043/13913
dc.description.abstract What happens to education when the potential it helps realizing in the individual works against the formal purposes of the curriculum? What happens when education becomes a vehicle for its own subversion? As a subject-forming state apparatus working on ideological speciesism, formal education is engaged in both human and animal stratification in service of the capitalist knowledge economy. This seemingly stable condition is however insecured by the animal rights activist as undercover learner and—worker, who enters education and research laboratories under false premises in order to extract the knowledge necessary to dismantle the logic of animal utility on which the scientific-educational apparatus rests. The present article is based on a semi-structured interview with an undercover worker. It draws on a synthesis of critical education and posthumanist theories to configure knowledge creation and subjectification processes in the “negative spaces” of education. The techne of undercover work includes mnemotechnical and prosthetic devices, calculation of risk, and mimetic labor. The article argues that the agenda of the undercover worker generates a multi-strained mimetic complex that composes a parasitic educational subject-assemblage redirecting scientific knowledge away from the animal stratification logic of the knowledge economy into different viral circuits; different lines of flight. It invites a rearticulation of the formal education state apparatus in more indeterminate directions, provoking scientific-educational knowledge-practices to become a catalytic impulse for their own disintegration. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Springer en_US
dc.subject posthumanism en_US
dc.subject undercover work en_US
dc.subject laboratory animals en_US
dc.subject educational parasitism en_US
dc.subject mimesis en_US
dc.subject.classification Humanities/Social Sciences en_US
dc.title Undercover education : mice, mimesis, and parasites in the teaching machine en_US
dc.type Article, peer reviewed scientific en_US
dc.contributor.department Malmö University. Faculty of Education and Society en
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11217-011-9281-4 en_US
dc.subject.srsc Research Subject Categories::HUMANITIES and RELIGION en_US
dc.relation.ispartofpublication Studies in Philosophy and Education;4
dc.relation.ispartofpublicationvolume 31 en_US
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