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Marxism and Education: Online Resources


For those interested in Marxism and Education, Marxist educational theory or Marxian approaches to education, I have put together what I consider to be the most useful and inspiring resources available on the Internet today.


Glenn Rikowski, London, 23rd May 2008


Marxism & Education – from the Marxists Internet Archive

The classic texts: including some of Marx’s statements on education, put together by Andy Blunden for the Marxist Internet Archive. Sections on: Early Ideas on Socialist Education; Socialist Ideas on Education; Lenin on Education; Reports on Soviet Education; Education in Stalinist Russia; Early Childhood and Play; Adolescence and Ethical Development; Society and Individual Development; Cognition and Foundations of Learning; and Paulo Freire.



Informal Education (InFed)

Barry Burke (2008) writes on Karl Marx and Informal Education, at:


Policy Futures in Education – Special Double Issue on Marxist Futures

In 2004, Policy Futures in Education (Vol.2 Nos. 3 & 4) published a double and special issue on Marxism and education. It includes articles by Michael Peters, Simon Marginson, Zeus Leonardo, Mike Cole, Dave Hill and many others. The full contents can be found at: The general URL is:


Cultural Logic: An Electronic Journal of Marxist Theory & Practice

This journal produced a special issue on Marxism and Education (Vol.4 No.1, Fall 2000). It includes contributions from Peter McLaren, Rich Gibson, Bertell Ollman and many others. The contents can be viewed at:


Workplace: A Journal for Academic Labor

Focusing mainly on higher education, this journal has a number of articles where Marxian analysis is central.



Public Resistance

This journal contains a number of articles written by leading Marxist educational theorists and researchers. See:


Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies (JCEPS)

The Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies carries a number of articles inspired by Marxist and Marxian approaches to education. It also includes reviews of books within the field of Marxism and education.



The Institute for Education Policy Studies (IEPS)      

This web site carries a number of papers inspired by Marxian approaches to education. Writers include Peter McLaren, Paula Allman and Glenn Rikowski. This site is organised by Dave Hill, and you can find many papers by him there. 



Rich Gibson’s Education Page for a Democratic Society 

This is a great site for radical and Marxist educators! See in particular the ‘Teaching and Education’ and Practical Philosophy’ subsections of ‘Truly Exceptional Topics Rich Gibson Wrote About’ (by clicking option 2 on the home page). See:


Peter McLaren: Critical Pedagogy, Paulo Freire, Marxist-Humanism, Eco-socialism and Critical Theory and Education

This is a tremendous web site. It contains a number of freely accessible online articles from one of the world’s leaders on Marxist writings on education and Critical and Revolutionary Pedagogy.



David Harvie

David Harvie is one of world’s best writers on education today working from a Marxian perspective. He has a number of online articles at: 



The University of Leeds based resource for online papers on education. If you search for ‘Marxism’ in the search box in ‘Browse the Index’ you get a number of papers by Paula Allman, John Wallis, John W. Morgan, Mike Cole, Dave Hill and others. If you search for ‘Rikowski; you get 7 papers by me. See:


Information for Social Change

This e-journal ran a Special Issue on ‘Education for Social Change’ that contains a number of Marxist-inspired articles on education (Issue No.23, summer 2006): 


The Flow of Ideas

This is the web site of the Rikowski family. It contains a number of articles on Marxism and education. See:



Key Online Articles and Papers on Marxism and Education by Glenn Rikowski:

Rikowski, G. (2004) Marx and the Education of the Future, Policy Futures in Education, Vol.2 Nos. 3 & 4, pp.565-577, online at:

Rikowski, G. (2005) Distillation: Education in Karl Marx’s Social Universe, Lunchtime Seminar, School of Education, University of East London, Barking Campus, 14th February:

Rikowski, G. (2006) Education and the Politics of Human Resistance, Information for Social Change, Issue No.23 (Summer):

Rikowski, G. (2007) Marxist Educational Theory Unplugged, a paper prepared for the Fourth Historical Materialism Annual Conference, 9-11th November, School of Oriental & African Studies, University of London:



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Glenn Rikowski Publications Update 9


Online Articles

A comprehensive list of my online articles can now be found at The Flow of Ideas web site. This list supersedes previous such lists posted to the Volumizer. See:


The most recent additions are:


Rikowski, G. (1998) Three Types of Apprenticeship, Three Forms of Mastery: Nietzsche, Marx, Self and Capital, a departmental paper, School of Education, University of Birmingham, 5th June:


Rikowski, G. (2003) The Compression of Critical Space in Education Today, a paper based on lecture notes written for students on the EDU3004 module, ‘Education, Culture & Society’, Education Studies, School of Education, University of Northampton, 10th March, expanded 5th May 2008. Online at:


Rikowski, G. (2007) Private Schools as Charities and New Labour’s Knowledge Economy, a paper produced for The Flow of Ideas, 9th March, London:, G. (2007) The Confederation of British Industry and the Business Takeover of Schools, a paper produced for The Flow of Ideas, London, 3rd June:



Rikowski, G. (2007) Critical Pedagogy and the Constitution of Capitalist Society, a paper prepared for the Migrating University: From Goldsmiths to Gatwick Conference, Panel 2, ‘The Challenge of Critical Pedagogy’, Goldsmiths College, University of London, 14th September:


Rikowski, G. (2007) Marxist Educational Theory Unplugged, a paper prepared for the Fourth Historical Materialism Annual Conference, 9-11th November, School of Oriental & African Studies, University of London:


Rikowski, G. (2008) The Binding Ring: Communitarianism for Schools on a Foundation of ‘British Values’? A paper prepared for the EDU3004 module, ‘Education, Culture & Society’, Education Studies, School of Education, University of Northampton, at:


Fielding, S. & Rikowski, G. (1996) Resistance to Restructuring? Post-Fordism in British Primary Schools, School of Education, University of Birmingham, June:



Key Chapters in Edited Collections


Rikowski, G. (2002) Education, Capital and the Transhuman, in: D. Hill, P. McLaren, M. Cole & G. Rikowski (Eds.) Marxism Against Postmodernism in Educational Theory, Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.


Rikowski, G. (2002) Fuel for the Living Fire: Labour-Power! In: A. Dinerstein & M. Neary (Eds.) The Labour Debate: An Investigation into the Theory and Reality of Capitalist Work, Aldershot: Ashgate.


Neary, M. & Rikowski, G. (2002) Time and Speed in the Social Universe of Capital, in: G. Crow & S. Heath (Eds.) Social Conceptions of Time: Structure and Process in Work and Everyday Life, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.


McLaren, P. & Rikowski, G. (2005) Pedagogy for Revolution Against Education for Capital: An E-Dialogue on Education in Capitalism Today, in: P. McLaren, Red Seminars: Radical Excursions into Educational Theory, Cultural Politics, and Pedagogy, Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press.


Rikowski, G. (1999) Nietzsche, Marx and Mastery: The Learning Unto Death, in: H. Rainbird & P. Ainley (Eds.) Apprenticeship: Towards a New Paradigm of Learning, London: Kogan Page.


Rikowski, G. (1998) Only Charybdis: The Learning Society Through Idealism, in: S. Ranson (Ed) Inside the Learning Society, London: Cassell Education.


Rikowski, G. (2007) Schools and the GATS Enigma, in: E Wayne Ross & R. Gibson (Eds.) Neoliberalism and Education Reform, Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press.


Articles in Journals (not online)


Those interested in following the development of my work might be interested in the following journal articles. These are not online (unless you have a subscription for the journal):


Rikowski, G. (1992) Work Experience and Part-time Jobs in a Recruitment Context, British Journal of Education and Work, Vol.5 No.1, pp.19-46.


Rikowski, G. (1996) Left Alone: End Time for Marxist Educational Theory? British Journal of Sociology of Education, Vol.17 No.4, pp.415-451.


Rikowski, G. (1997) Scorched Earth: Prelude to Rebuilding Marxist Educational Theory, British Journal of Sociology of Education, Vol.18 No.4, pp.551-574.


Rikowski, G. (2001) Education for Industry: A Complex Technicism, Journal of Education and Work, Vol14 No.1, pp.29-49.


New Book

Renewing Dialogues in Marxism and Education – Openings

Edited by Anthony Green, Glenn Rikowski and Helen Raduntz
Published by Palgrave Macmillan (December 2007)
ISBN-13: 978-14039-7496-9; ISBN-10: 1-4039-7496-9

Purchasing Details:
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