Learning hope: an epistemology of possibility for advanced capitalist society

Amsler, Sarah (2017) Learning hope: an epistemology of possibility for advanced capitalist society. In: Social sciences for an other politics: women theorizing without parachutes. Palgrave. ISBN 9783319477756

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Drawing on the critical theories of Ernst Bloch and Boaventura de Sousa Santos, as well as on the knowledge and learning practices of counter-capitalist social movements, this chapter offers a reading of political hopelessness among educators in England through a critical epistemology which discloses it as ‘unfinished’ and potent material within a global politics of possibility. It invokes methods from Bloch’s critical process-philosophy of ‘learning hope’ which allow for three reality-shifting operations: (1) the making of distinctions between what is ‘not’, ‘not-yet’ and ‘nothing’ in experience and historical process; (2) identifying and creating ‘fronts’ of possibility for mediating reality in concretely utopian ways; and (3) the recognition of a multiplicity of anti-hegemonic scales and modes of transformation, and explains why these matter in movements not just for social change but for the immanent creation of an other reality.

Keywords:Ernst Bloch, prefigurative politics, utopia, education, England, Boaventura de Sousa Santos, counter-capitalism, hope, critical epistemology
Subjects:L Social studies > L370 Social Theory
X Education > X990 Education not elsewhere classified
L Social studies > L150 Political Economics
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Education
ID Code:24057
Deposited On:11 Sep 2016 20:02

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