Zombie pedagogies: the problems with using the undead in public pedagogies for emergencies

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Preston, J. 2016. Zombie pedagogies: the problems with using the undead in public pedagogies for emergencies. Jahrbuch für Pädagogik 2016.
AuthorsPreston, J.
Abstract

The well-known Hollywood ‘zombie’ genre has recently begun to invade
programs and training courses in disaster control and emergency prevention.
The author explores the consequences of a transfer of an entertainment metaphor
into real US military policies. Is it possible that this implies attuning the populace
to catastrophies by means of edutainment? And does this, as Preston argues, in
some ways ‘de-humanize’ one’s adversaries? The article points to a fatal dialectics
and disturbing elements of a post-ethical disposition. This results not only in
some sort of inevitable legitimation of the ‘war on terror’ leaving behind all tenets
of civil society. It also permits, subcutaneously, to act without restrictions against
certain groups as if they were ‘undeads’.

JournalJahrbuch für Pädagogik 2016
ISSN0941-1461
Year2016
PublisherPeter Lang Academic Publishing Group
Web address (URL)http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/plg/jfp
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Print2016
Publication process dates
Deposited05 Sep 2016
Accepted29 Aug 2016
Accepted29 Aug 2016
Copyright information© 2016 Peter Lang
Book titleJahrbuch für Pädagogik 2016
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