Academic journal article Taboo

Introduction: From Taboo to New Taboo

Academic journal article Taboo

Introduction: From Taboo to New Taboo

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1995, the first issue of Taboo: The Journal of Culture and Education debuted at the American Educational Research Association. Handing out mouse pads and black mugs, Peter Lang Publishing stormed the scene with a cutting edge new journal. The product of collaboration with Joe Kincheloe, Michael Flamini (Lang) and me, we wanted to fracture expectations of refereed journals in education. Michael insists to this day he named it Taboo; I disagree, I did. Paper journals are hard to manage, even harder to pay for, and after three years, with great response, we still were in the red. So the journal was on hiatus until we could find a new home. Alan Jones from Caddo Gap purchased the rights to the journal, and we had some great years publishing with Alan, but in 2006, we had to cease paper production, it just wasn't feasible. When Joe and I opened the Freire Project, we merged Taboo onto the freireproject.org website, where it remains. After Joe's death, it was hard to manage so many projects, and Taboo suffered.

2013, and we have new editors for the first time. Jon Austin and Renee Baynes, from the University of Southern Queensland in incredible Toowoomba are the new editors. Jon is a long-time friend of mine and Joe Kincheloe's and a trusted and respected colleague. Renee is a beloved new friend, and as committed as Jon to liberatory, critical work. Both are on the Academic staff of the Centre for Australian Indigenous Knowledges and have the critical props to step in and make Taboo their own.... of course, along with the critical cultural and pedagogical community.

Social media has allowed us to move on from only 400 readers an issue to a possibility of thousands. …

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