Defining the Political Ontology of the Classroom: Toward A Multitudinous Education

Dec. 25, 2008

Source: Teaching Education, Volume 19, Issue 4 December 2008, pages 249 - 260

The article is driven by a simple question: what type of collective space is a classroom and how can it be imagined differently? Drawing on the social topography provided by Hardt and Negri, the author suggests that schools have traditionally worked to produce either (a) a people; (b) a crowd; or (c) the masses. The problem with these forms of social collectivity is that they each tend to limit radical movements for democracy. Opposed to a people, a crowd, or the masses, the author suggests that classroom collectivity be reconceptualized in terms of the multitude. It is by configuring the dynamic space of the classroom in relation to a theory of the multitude that educational democracy can be achieved.

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