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Contesting Neoliberal Education

Public Resistance and Collective Advance, 1st Edition

Edited by Dave Hill


276 pages | 1 B/W Illus.

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Neoliberal education policies have privatised, marketised, decentralized, controlled and surveilled, managed according to the business and control principles of new public managerialism, attacked the rights and conditions of education workers, and resulted in a loss of democracy, critique and equality of access and outcome. This book, written by an impressive international array of scholars and activists, explores the mechanisms and ideologies behind neoliberal education, while evaluating and promoting resistance on a local, national and global level.

Chapters examine the activities and impacts of the arguably socialist revolution in Venezuela, the Porto Alegre democratic community experimental model in Brazil, the activities of the Rouge Forum of democratic socialist teachers and educators in the USA, Public Service International, resistance movements against the GATS (General Agreement on Trade in Services), and trade union and social movement and community/parental opposition to neoliberal education policies in Britain and in Latin America.

Table of Contents

Foreword Peter McLaren 1. Introduction Gustavo Fischman 2. The Public Services International Mike Waghorne 3. Critical Education for Economic and Social and Environmental Justice Dave Hill and Simon Boxley 4. Rethinking Education in the Era of Globalisation Terry Wrigley 5. Campaigning Against Neoliberal Education in Britain Bernard Regan 6. The Rouge Forum Rich Gibson, Greg Queen, E. Wayne Ross and Kevin Vinson 7. Solidarity Building Dominican-Haitian Cross Cultural Education John E. Lavin 8. Learning from the South: The Creation of Real Alternatives to Neo-liberal Policies in Education in Porto Alegre, Brazil Luis Armando Gandin 9. Resistance to the GATS Antoni Verger and Xavier Bonal 10. Teacher Conflicts and Resistance in Latin America Dalila Andrade Oliveira 11. The State Apparatuses and the Working Class: Experiences from the UK: Educational Lessons from Venezuela Mike Cole 12. Socialist Pedagogy Peter McLaren and Juha Suoranta. Contributors. Index.

About the Editor

Dave Hill teaches at the University of Northampton, UK. For twenty years he was a political and labor union leader. He is Founder Editor of The Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies, He co-founded the Hillcole Group of Radical Left Educators with Mike Cole, in 1989, and is Director of the Institute for Education Policy Studies,

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.

Please send inquiries and proposals to: Dave Hill ( and Elsbeth Wright (


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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Secondary
EDUCATION / Educational Policy & Reform / General