TITLE

Imagining Justice in Times of Perpetual War: Notes for the Classroom

AUTHOR(S)
DESAI, DIPTI
PUB. DATE
December 2009
SOURCE
Journal of Curriculum & Pedagogy;Winter2009, Vol. 6 Issue 2, p6
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Today we learn about terrorism and immigration projected through the lens of justice largely from visual sites of public pedagogy (i.e., television, Internet, films, etc.). Given the pervasive and persuasive agenda of public pedagogy, schools have to rethink what it means to educate students in a visual age where new modes of information and cultural production dominate how knowledge is shaped and circulated. This paper explores the ways justice is represented in other sites of visuality such as contemporary art practices by focusing on two interconnected sites: incarceration and immigration. These two sites under neo-liberal capitalism and increased militarization of our society are forging new alliances of state sanctioned injustices, where people of color and the working class are paying the highest price. Public peda- gogy and educational practices in schools--through the enforcement of the zero tolerance policy--have contributed to the continued criminalization of youth and the more recent criminalization of immigrants. Drawing on the work of contemporary artists, I argue that this criminalization feeds into the fastest growing industry in the U.S., the prison industrial complex and more recently the immigration industrial complex, both of which are racialized and gendered forms of state sanctioned justice.
ACCESSION #
54630745

 

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