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‘Oedipus Unbound: Heutagogic Journeys Beyond a Working Class Wilderness’ by Craig Hammond


Oedipus (which translates as ‘swollen foot’) had his ankles bound as a child. My own ankles were bound by an education system that structurally situated and treated me as a working class child.


This operated to identify – and label – me as being destined for a particular set of socio-economic roles and expectations. Furthermore, school bored me; I found it incredibly difficult to fit in to the pedagogic models of uncritical, lifeless rote learning and knowledge regurgitation for exams (which dominated in the 1970s and 1980s).


It wasn’t until the 1990s, when I was in my early 20s, that I realised that knowledge, learning, and discovery could be so much more – and, could lead to so much more.


But to succeed, I had to learn how to unbind my ankles by navigating away from a particular heritage, and ultimately start to transform my identity and expectations, in order to make sense of and succeed in Higher Education.

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