Social Movements, Civil Society, and Radical Adult Education / Edition 1

Social Movements, Civil Society, and Radical Adult Education / Edition 1

by John D. Holst
     
 

The idea that radical adult educators should build civil society through social movements is the dominant paradigm within the adult education left today. This work is the first book-length treatment on the subject of social movement and civil society theory within radical adult education.

The author covers the history and current status of social movement and

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The idea that radical adult educators should build civil society through social movements is the dominant paradigm within the adult education left today. This work is the first book-length treatment on the subject of social movement and civil society theory within radical adult education.

The author covers the history and current status of social movement and civil society theory within radical adult education and the left generally. This historical survey reveals how the current dichotomy between radical pluralist and socialist perspectives that prevails within radical adult education is a result of debates over globalization, postmodernism, and the left's understanding of the demise of most socialist states. The book concludes with a reconceptualization of Gramsci's use of civil society and its implications for contemporary radical adult education theory and practice, arguing, unlike others, that Gramsci did not advocate building civil society but proletarian hegemony.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780897898119
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
11/30/2001
Series:
Critical Studies in Education and Culture Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
168
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Series Forewordxi
Forewordxv
Prefacexxvii
1Contextualizing the Contemporary Interest in Social Movements and Civil Society in Radical Adult Education Theory and Practice1
Methodology8
2The Sociology and Politics of Social Movements17
The Sociology of Social Movements17
The Politics of Social Movements37
Conclusion48
3Civil Society within the Marxist Tradition and Beyond57
John Locke58
Adam Ferguson and the Scottish Englightenment59
Georg Hegel60
Karl Marx62
Antonio Gramsci65
Jean Cohen and Andrew Arato68
John Keane70
Conclusion74
4Adult Education, Social Movements, and Civil Society77
Can Education Change Society?78
The Nature of Education in Social Movements80
Linking Old and New Social Movements93
The Politics of Social Movements, Civil Society, and Adult Education96
5Gramsci's Concept of Civil Society Revisited: Implications for a Reconceptualization of Radical Adult Education Theory and Practice103
The State and Civil Society105
The Political Party and Organic Intellectuals108
The Limits of Spontaneity110
Hegemony110
The Importance of Alliances111
Conclusion112
References117
Index133

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