Wild Children — Domesticated Dreams

Civilization and the Birth of Education

By Layla AbdelRahim  

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An anthropological analysis of education, this book is the first to examine the root cause of contemporary pedagogical systems from a truly comparative and interdisciplinary perspective. This confluence of ethology and anthropology reveals that the very category “human” is a requirement of civilization contingent on domestication and submission to structural violence at the root of civilized pedagogical practices.

“[This book] is a monument to our sense and original thinking.”

— John Taylor Gatto, author of Weapons of Mass Instruction

“This book provides an extremely stimulating analysis of the divisions and debilities engineered upon kids. … Wild Children - Domesticated Dreams is a hugely important work!”

— John Zerzan, author of Running on Emptiness

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  • In the Beginning . . .
  • The Ontological Roots of Education—An Indispensable Introduction
  • Do Children Dream of Civilized Love?
  • On Objects, Love and Objectifications
  • On Modernism and Education: The Birth of Contemporary Domesticated Pedagogies
  • In the End and Towards a Feral Future
  • Bibliography
  • Index


  • Layla AbdelRahim

    Layla AbdelRahim is an anthropologist, a writer, a researcher and a public speaker and holds a PhD in comparative literature from the University of Montreal, Quebec.

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