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

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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
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 168
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

JOHN D. HOLST is Assistant Professor, Department of Curriculum & Instruction, University of St. Thomas, Minneapolis.

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Table of Contents

Series Foreword xi
Foreword xv
Preface xxvii
1 Contextualizing the Contemporary Interest in Social Movements and Civil Society in Radical Adult Education Theory and Practice 1
Methodology 8
2 The Sociology and Politics of Social Movements 17
The Sociology of Social Movements 17
The Politics of Social Movements 37
Conclusion 48
3 Civil Society within the Marxist Tradition and Beyond 57
John Locke 58
Adam Ferguson and the Scottish Englightenment 59
Georg Hegel 60
Karl Marx 62
Antonio Gramsci 65
Jean Cohen and Andrew Arato 68
John Keane 70
Conclusion 74
4 Adult Education, Social Movements, and Civil Society 77
Can Education Change Society? 78
The Nature of Education in Social Movements 80
Linking Old and New Social Movements 93
The Politics of Social Movements, Civil Society, and Adult Education 96
5 Gramsci's Concept of Civil Society Revisited: Implications for a Reconceptualization of Radical Adult Education Theory and Practice 103
The State and Civil Society 105
The Political Party and Organic Intellectuals 108
The Limits of Spontaneity 110
Hegemony 110
The Importance of Alliances 111
Conclusion 112
References 117
Index 133
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