Pedagogy and the Unlearning of Self : The Performance of Crisis Situation Through Popular Culture

Stephen Ching-kiu CHAN

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In any cultural situation, pedagogy registers how individual learns from others in re-creating oneself within the consensual regime of hegemony. I ask what a pedagogy of culture entails for the social body today facing a cultural situation edging away from trust, tolerance, and credibility. Recent experiences in civil disobedience, social antagonism, and political deadlock suggest that dissent, as the antithesis of consent, is the condition of possibility for the self in struggle under the unique context concerned.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook of Theory and Research in Cultural Studies and Education
EditorsPeter Pericles TRIFONAS
PublisherSpringer, Cham
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9783319569888
ISBN (Print)9783319569895, 9783319569871
Publication statusPublished - 28 May 2020

Publication series

NameSpringer International Handbooks of Education Series
ISSN (Print)2197-1951
ISSN (Electronic)2197-196X

Bibliographical note

An earlier and preliminary version of this chapter was presented at the Association for Cultural Studies “Crossroads in Cultural Studies Conference,” 12–15 August 2018, Shanghai. My gratitude to Kara Keeling and Meaghan Morris for their support at the panel.


  • Crisis situation
  • Johnnie To’s cinema
  • Pedagogy of culture
  • Postcolonial Hong Kong
  • Youth and civil resistance


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