Gramsci, Freire and Adult Education; Possibilities for Transformative Action

Gramsci, Freire and Adult Education; Possibilities for Transformative Action

by Peter Mayo
ISBN-10:
1856496147
ISBN-13:
2901856496147
Pub. Date:
07/28/1999
Publisher:
Zed Books
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Gramsci, Freire and Adult Education; Possibilities for Transformative Action

This book focuses on two of the most cited figures in the debate on radical education, Antonio Gramsci (1891-1937) and Paulo Freire (1921-1997). Both regarded forms of adult education as having an important role to play in the struggle for liberation from oppression. Peter Mayo examines the extent to which thor combined insights can provide the foundation for a theory of transformative adult education. He considers their respective contributions to the development of such a theory, analyzes their ideas comparatively and identifies some of the limitations in their work for incorporation into a theory. The book concludes with a major synthesis of their ideas in the context of other adult educators' more recent contributions in order to develop a theory of transformative adult education.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 2901856496147
Publisher: Zed Books
Publication date: 07/28/1999
Series: Adult Education and Training Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

Table of Contents

1Introduction1
Antonio Gramsci8
Paulo Freire13
Existing Literature on Gramsci and Freire in Adult Education17
Transformative Adult Education24
2Antonio Gramsci and Adult Education35
The Contested Terrain: Hegemony and Education35
Agency37
Sites of Practice, Social Relations and Content44
Conclusion53
3Paulo Freire and Adult Education58
Political Pedagogy58
Agency: Liberation Theology and Marxism61
Democratic Education62
Agents of Change68
Sites of Practice and Content70
Conclusion74
4Gramsci and Freire: A Comparative Analysis78
Biographical and Contextual Comparison78
Parallels82
Differences93
Conclusion: Towards a Synthesis100
5Some of the Limitations in Gramsci and Freire for a Contemporary Project107
Gramsci: Class and Other Forms of Social Difference107
Freire and Social Difference112
War of Position: Contestation and Cooptation119
Information Technology120
Conclusion122
6A Gramscian-Freirean Synthesis and Beyond126
Commitment127
Agency130
Social Movements132
Adult Educators138
Cultural Production142
History146
Conclusion150
7Conclusion: When Might it Work? Transformative Adult Education in Context155
Social Transformation: Limits and Possibilities155
Pre-Revolutionary Context156
Cultural Revolution167
Some Concluding Remarks174
Bibliography186
Index206

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