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Gramsci and Educational Thought

Peter Mayo (Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-4443-3394-7
164 pages
May 2010, Wiley-Blackwell
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Through a series of writings from international scholars, Gramsci and Educational Thought pays tribute to the educational influence of Antonio Gramsci, considered one of the greatest social thinkers and political theorists of the 20th century.
  • Represents sound social theory and a broad application and reinvention of Gramsci’s ideas
  • Covers important areas such as language and education, community education, and social work education
  • Features perspectives from different geographical contexts
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Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors.

Foreword (Michael A. Peters, University of Illinois).

Introduction: Antonio Gramsci and Educational Thought (Peter Mayo, University of Malta).

1. A Brief Commentary on the Hegelian-Marxist Origins of Gramsci's 'Philosophy of Praxis' (Debbie J Hill, University of Waikato).

2. Antonio Gramsci and his Relevance for the Education of Adults (Peter Mayo, University of Malta).

3. The Revolutionary Party in Gramsci's Pre-Prison Educational and Political Theory and Practice (John D. Holst, University of St. Thomas).

4. Introducing Giovanni Gentile, the 'Philosopher of Fascism' (Thomas Clayton, University of Kentucky).

5. Global English, Hegemony and Education: Lessons from Gramsci (Peter Ives, University of Winnipeg).

6. Antonio Gramsci and Feminism: The elusive nature of power (Margaret Ledwith, Cumbria University).

7. Towards a Political Theory of Social Work and Education (Translated by Florian Sichling with editing by Peter Mayo, Uwe Hirschfeld, Protestant University of Applied Science in Social Work, Dresden).

8. Gramscian Thought and Brazilian Education (Rosemary Dore, Federal University of Minais Gerais).


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Author Information

Peter Mayo is Professor of Adult Education and Sociology of Education and Head, Department of Education Studies, Faculty of Education, University of Malta. He is the author of several books, including Gramsci, Freire and Adult Education (1999) and Liberating Praxis: Paulo Freire’s Legacy for Radical Education and Politics, which won a 2005 AESA Critics Choice Award.
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"Overall, and despite its somewhat modest length (of just over 150 pages), Gramsci and Educational Thought is a commendable and scholarly collection." (Philosophy in Review, 1 December 2011)


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