INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF EDUCATIONAL POLICIES, Vol 11, No 1 (2017)

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Student Movements and Decolonization of Higher Education

Jairo I. Fúnez-Flores

Abstract


This paper briefly contextualizes the sociocultural, geo-historical, and political formation of universities in Latin America to situate contemporary higher education reform in the region. As an alternative to dominant theoretical frameworks, a decolonial theoretical perspective is used to understand how neoliberal education reform in Latin America reproduces the coloniality of power and knowledge. A political ontological approach is used to analyze the data collected from the Honduran university student movement’s Facebook page. This tentative analysis shows how the university student movement (MEU) transformed itself into a counter-structure and reconfigured the relations of power within the National Autonomous University of Honduras (UNAH).


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