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The education of radical democracy

Amsler, Sarah (2015) The education of radical democracy. Routledge Research in Education . Routledge. ISBN 9780415702638

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Abstract

The Education of Radical Democracy explores why radical democracy is so necessary, difficult, and possible and why it is important to understand it as an educative activity . The book draws on critical social theory and critical pedagogy to explain what enables and sustains work for radical democratization, and considers how we can begin such work in neoliberal societies today.

Exploring examples of projects from the nineteenth century to the present day, the book sheds light on a wealth of critical tools, research studies, theoretical concepts and practical methods. It offers a critical reading of the ‘crisis of hope’ in neoliberal capitalist societies, focusing on the problem of the ‘contraction of possibilities’ for democratic agency, resistance to domination, and practices of freedom. It argues that radically democratic thinking, practice, and forms of social organization are vital for countering and overcoming systemic hegemonies and that these can be learned and cultivated.

This book will be of interest to academics, practitioners, researchers, and students in education and critical theory, and to those interested in the sociology, philosophy and politics of hope. It also invites new dialogues between theorists of neoliberal power and political possibility, those engaged in projects for radical democratization, and teachers in formal and informal educational settings.

Keywords:Education, radical democracy, politics of education, Bloch, Ernst, critical theory, politics of possibility, prefigurative politics, critical pedagogy, hope
Subjects:L Social studies > L222 Democracy
X Education > X370 Academic studies in Education (across phases)
L Social studies > L370 Social Theory
L Social studies > L171 Capitalism
L Social studies > L218 Anarchism
X Education > X900 Others in Education
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Education
ID Code:17313
Deposited On:27 Apr 2015 14:49

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