Class Consciousness and Education in Sweden: A Marxist Analysis of Revolution in a Social Democracy (Hardback) book cover

Class Consciousness and Education in Sweden

A Marxist Analysis of Revolution in a Social Democracy

By Alpesh Maisuria

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226 pages | 3 B/W Illus.

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Emerging from a Marxist perspective, this book focuses on the importance of social class and the role of education broadly in relation to the possibility of revolutionary change in Sweden and beyond. Critically tracing the celebrated so-called ‘Swedish model’ from its inception to its current neoliberalisation, Maisuria explores the contours of class as part of social democratic history, culture and education, especially against the alternatives of communism and fascism. Presenting empirical research on class consciousness within a higher education context, Maisuria analyses student testimonies on their perceptions of social democracy and ‘Swedishness’ with ethno-racial dynamics, which is subjected to a Gramscian and Critical Realist derived explanatory critique for social transformation.

Table of Contents

PART ONE: MARXISM, SWEDEN AND TWO CRISES

CHAPTER 1: CLASS CONSCIOUSNESS TOWARDS THE POSSIBILITY OF REVOLUTION

CHAPTER 2: CHARTING A HISTORY OF SOCIAL DEMOCRACY

CHAPTER 3: THEORETICAL AND PHILOSOPHICAL MARXISM AS A SOCIAL SCIENCE

PART TWO: DESIGNING AN EMPIRICAL STUDY OF CONSCIOUNESS AND PRACTICES OF CLASS

CHAPTER 4: RESEARCH STRATEGY AND DESIGN

PART THREE: RESEARCHING CONSCIOUNESS AND PRACTICES OF CLASS IN SWEDEN

CHAPTER 5: THE FINDINGS OF A CASE STUDY ON CONSCIOUSNESS AND PRACTICES OF CLASS IN SWEDEN

CHAPTER 6: AIMING FOR A GREATER UNDERSTANDING OF LIFE SWEDEN 317

PART FOUR: MAKING SENSE OF CONSCIOUSNESS AND PRACTICES OF SOCIAL CLASS IN SWEDEN 327

CHAPTER 7: DEVELOPING AN EXPLANATORY CRITIQUE FROM ACCOUNTS OF EMPIRICAL REALITY 327

CHAPTER 8: CONCLUDING REMARKS, TAKING STOCK AND MOVING ON 342

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About the Author

Alpesh Maisuria is a Senior Lecturer at the University of East London, United Kingdom.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Education, Neoliberalism, and Marxism

Neoliberalism is degrading and destroying public education systems globally. The local characteristics may vary, the results are common - increased inequalities in schooling, vocational and higher education, inferior work conditions for teachers and faculty, and detheorized and technicized delivery systems of increasing conservative curricula at all levels of education. Neoliberalism - marketization, privatization, pre-privatization, commodification - is increasingly accompanied by forms of authoritarian conservatism - secular in some countries, religious in others - with increased control, surveillance, and forced abandonment of critique. Such neoliberal and conservative assaults on public education and on broader aims than those which are couched purely in terms of economic/human capital - meet with increased resistance by students, teachers, communities, social movements, and in some countries, political parties.

The Routledge Studies in Education, Neoliberalism, and Marxism series features books by new as well as established scholars that throw a harsh spotlight on the conditions under which education currently labors and offers analysis, hope, and resistance in the name of more collective, egalitarian education for social and for economic justice.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDU000000
EDUCATION / General
EDU034000
EDUCATION / Educational Policy & Reform / General
POL005000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / Communism & Socialism
POL028000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / General