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Learning and Education for a Better World: The Role of Social Movements

2012 - 204 pages

Budd L. Hall (University of Victoria, Canada), Darlene E. Clover (University of Victoria, Canada), Jim Crowther (The University of Edinburgh, Scotland, UK) and Eurig Scandrett (Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK) (Eds.)

ISBN Paperback: 9789460919770 ($ 43.00)
ISBN Hardcover: 9789460919787 ($ 99.00)
ISBN E-Book: 9789460919794

Subject: Adult Education

Number 10 of the series: International Issues in Adult Education

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"A provocative book. It provokes us to think, to differ, to agree and to want to know and understand more ... well worth reading." -- International Review of Education (2014)

This is a book for activists, students, scholars of social movements and adult education and for the public interested in the contemporary movements of our times.

From the streets of Barcelona and Athens, the public squares in Cairo, Tunis and Tripoli, the flash mobs and virtual learning of the #Occupy movement, and the shack dwellers of South Africa people around the world are organising themselves to take action against the ravages of a capitalism that serves the greedy while impoverishing the rest. Social movements have arisen or re-arisen in virtually every sector of human activity from concerns about the fate of our planet earth, to dignity for those living with HIV/AIDS, to feeding ourselves in healthier ways and survival in places of violent conflict. At the heart of each of these movements are activists and ordinary people learning how to change their lives and how to change the world.

The book offers contemporary theoretical and practical insights into the learning that happens both within and outside of social movements. Social movement scholars present work linked to the arts, to organic farming, to environmental action, to grassroots activists in the Global South, to the Arab Spring, the Occupy movement, the shackdwellers movements, school reform and the role of Marx, Gramscii and Williams in understanding social movement learning.


“I would like to emphasize the originality and importance of this book, in which readers are led to the central issues for learning in social movement and are invited to explore the intersections between diverse reflections. It is an excellent resource for both undergraduate and graduate courses on critical adult education or social movement learning, as well as for students, community educators, activists, or anyone interested in critical pedagogy.” -- CJSAE/RCÉÉA 26,1 February/Février 2014

"The greatest contribution of this inspiring book is to remind us that learning and education in social movements help to make a difference. Not only does this collection enable us to understand how we might theorise and historicise learning in diverse contemporary social movements, but its contributors do so with outspoken and passionate commitment to ‘Learning and Education for a Better World.’ "- Professor Miriam Zukas, Executive Dean, Birkbeck, University of London

"The burning demand for such a text comes from our contemporary moment that is witness to a world where nearly everything is commercialised, marketised or commodified. This text shuns an essentialist discourse while simultaneously and masterfully offering unprecedented insights into social movement learning and education. The book is numinous". - Professor Robert Hill, University of Georgia, USA

"This is a book we have all been waiting for. The editors have brought together an amazing cadre of international adult educators to probe the intersection of social movements and learning, and to build theory around the many social actions that are taking place globally. A must read for students and professors everywhere." - Leona English, PhD, St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, NS, Canada

"Accessible, engaging, often inspirational, the essays that comprise Learning and Education for a Better World offer deep insights on the role of social movements as agencies of learning, struggle and transformation. From case studies that include the occupy movement, popular education in Latin America, political cinema and the Egyptian Revolution to reflections on resistance, aesthetics and the role of organic intellectuals, this collection will be of interest to educators, social scientists, humanists and activists alike. An interdisciplinary tour-de-force." - Professor William Carroll, University of Victoria, Canada

"This is such a timely collection of essays, bringing together critical reflections on experiences of social action from across the globe. This book is to be commended to the widest possible readership." - (From the Preface by) Emeritus Professor Marjorie Mayo, Goldsmith’s College, London

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