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Higher education for social justice

Amsler, Sarah (2015) Higher education for social justice. In: What is to be Done in the Age of Austerity and Autonomy?, 17 April 2015, University of Birmingham (Conference of Socialist Economists).

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Item Type:Conference or Workshop contribution (Lecture)
Item Status:Live Archive

Abstract

One of the things least discussed in the everyday lifeworld of higher education in England today is the role that universities have played in the ascendance and consolidation of national and global capitalism, and that they play in legitimising and normalising the many injustices of this system in this country and in our everyday lives and communities. Equally little discussed, however, is how certain forms of radically democratic and autonomous learning can help us understand and resist concrete forms of power and powerlessness within these institutions, and can enable the production of economic, social and cultural infrastructures that place both knowledge and labour in the service of creating a ‘world which is more adequate for us, without degrading suffering, anxiety, self-alienation [and] nothingness’ (Bloch 1995, p. 18). This paper explores the possibilities of autonomy in relation to the question ‘What is to be done?’ More specifically, ‘What can be done here and now by us from our own locations to foster the development of spaces for higher learning and research, which embody and advance principles of individual, social and ecological flourishing, and which are dedicated to the expansion of social justice and possibility and to the struggle against their contraction?’

Keywords:post-capitalist politics, austerity, autonomy, higher education, politics of education
Subjects:X Education > X370 Academic studies in Education (across phases)
L Social studies > L370 Social Theory
L Social studies > L150 Political Economics
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Education
ID Code:25556
Deposited On:06 Jan 2017 12:10

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