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Marxism and Education

International Perspectives on Theory and Action, 1st Edition

Edited by Lotar Rasinski, Dave Hill, Kostas Skordoulis


192 pages | 2 B/W Illus.

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Marxism and Education offers contemporary Marxist analyses of recent and current education policy, and develops Marxist-based practices of resistance from a series of national and international perspectives. Part I identifies and critiques pressure points, impacts of, and developments in capitalism and education, as these pertain to education policy, teacher education, and assessment. In Part II, chapter authors develop Marxist praxis, critical education practices, and resistance against the intensification of neoliberalism and authoritarian conservatism. With contributions from leading, globally-recognized Marxist theoreticians, this book addresses the impacts and developments of neoliberal and authoritarian-conservative education policies across the UK, USA, Greece, Turkey, Poland, and Hungary.

Table of Contents

Chapter One: Introduction

Dave Hill, Kostas Skordoulis, and Lotar Rasiński

Chapter Two: European Education Policy and Critical Education

George Grollios

Chapter Three: The Schooling of Teachers in England: Rescuing Pedagogy

Gail Edwards

Chapter Four: Transformation In The Teaching Profession In Turkey: From Socialist- Idealist Teacher To Exam-Oriented Technician

Ahmet Yildiz

Chapter Five: Education, Secularism and Secular Education in Turkey

Unal Ozmen

Chapter Six: Assessing the Effects of the Economic crisis on Public Education in Greece

Theopoula-Polina Chrysochou

Chapter Seven: The Endpoint of Expectation from Education, the Starting Point of Struggle: A Critical Approach to White-Collar Unemployment

Aygulen Kayahan Karakul

Chapter Eight: The Position of an Educational Researchers in a Semi-Peripheral Region: Critical Autoethnography of an Academic Subject in Hungary

György Mészáros

Chapter Nine: Revolutionary Critical Pedagogy and the Struggle against Capital Today

Peter McLaren and Derek R. Ford

Chapter Ten: Considerations on a Marxist Pedagogy of Science

Kostas Skordoulis

Chapter Eleven: "A picture held us captive…" Marx, Wittgenstein and the "Paradox of Ideology"

Lotar Rasiński

Chapter Twelve: Empowerment in Education – a New Logic of Emancipation or a New Logic of Power?

Agnieszka Dziemianowicz-Bąk

Chapter Thirteen: Marxist Education Against Capitalism in Neoliberal / Neoconservative Times (i)

Dave Hill

About the Editors

Lotar Rasinski is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Lower Silesia in Wroclaw Poland.

Dave Hill is Visiting Professor at the Social Policy Research Centre at Middlesex University, England, and at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece, and is Emeritus Professor of Education Research at Anglia Ruskin University, England

Constantine Skordoulis is Professor of Epistemology of Science and Director of the Science Education Laboratory at the Faculty of Education, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece.

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 / Educational Policy & Reform / General
EDUCATION / Philosophy & Social Aspects
EDUCATION / Comparative