This book examines three sites of pedagogical innovation, all of which are explicitly activisms against the current political and pedagogical climate. Drawing on an interdisciplinary framework including autonomous Marxism, post-anarchism, social movement theories and theories of critical pedagogy, it examines social movements though a pedagogical lens and attempts to understand how connections can be made between social movement learning and other initiatives and forms of higher learning. With studies of the London Occupy! movement; The Social Science Centre, a co-operative higher learning provider that practises popular education in city venues; and a university politically opposing the ‘student as consumer’ ethos, Spaces of Political Pedagogy connects these various projects as a continuum of educational experimentation, offering insights into the ways in which these sites practice pedagogy and the manner in which these practices could be implemented more widely to inform and improve struggles for wider social justice. As such, it will appeal to scholars of education and sociology with interests in pedagogy, social movements and activism.
Table of Contents
1. Sleeping on the floor and other spaces: the importance of space and place to learning 2. Social change and the political academic: creating a place for research in social movements 3. Political? Pedagogical? Philosophical?: putting the theory to work in conversation 4. Organic education from the ground up: stories from Occupy 5. Becoming organised: co-operatively organised education: stories from the Social Science Centre and higher education against neoliberalised consumerism: stories from Student as Producer 6. In the beginning Occupy created camps: thinking through the implications 7. Capturing future resistance in education
Cassie Earl is a lecturer in Education at the School of Education, at the University of Bristol, UK.