IMMISERATION, CAPITALISM AND EDUCATION: AUSTERITY, RESISTANCE AND REVOLT – A NEW EDITED COLLECTION BY DAVE HILL
Immiseration, Capitalism and Education: Austerity, Resistance and Revolt
Edited by Dave Hill
Institute for Education Policy Studies
This is an important and astonishing book. It is a Marxist book. It systematically charts and critiques the havoc being wreaked by neoliberal and neoconservative Capitalism on society, on schooling/ schools and on higher education, across five countries: the USA, England, Turkey, Ireland and Greece. Following a theoretical chapter on Immiseration Capitalism, the first part of the book examines in detail the destructiveness and degradation effected by national and transnational Capital within these five societies, and the privatising, marketising, commodifying, degrading and impoverishing impacts within these five countries’ broader society, within/on the schooling system and within / on higher education.
Very importantly, the book goes beyond critique, beyond deconstruction, beyond anger and analysis. In Part Two of the book, leading Marxist analysts and activists from these five countries examine the Resistance to neoliberalising/neoconservatising policy and practice. In each case writers answer the question: What is the ‘Resistance’? Where is the Resistance? How is it Organised? How Successful is it? What are the Barriers to its Effectiveness? How can it be Developed to be more Effective?
In the Third and Final section, writers look to past and contemporary successful examples of Socialist Education, in the former Soviet bloc, and in Latin America, Venezuela. Again, writers, while noting the varied successes of such socialist or Marxist education, always remain critical- and self-critical.
The Conclusion, building on the critique within, summarises, and looks to the future, in terms of building the disparate resistance within schooling, higher education, communities and within the national societies- learning internationally. This book, written by noted and leading Marxist authors and activists, is an important contribution to Marxist education and broader theory- but also a spur to revolutionary anti-capitalist praxis-in education and beyond.
Introduction: Dave Hill
PART 1: Austerity Capitalism, Immiseration and Education
1. Immiseration Capitalism Curry Malott, Dave Hill & Grant Banfield
2. Austerity Capitalism and Education in Greece Panagiotis Sotiris
3. Austerity Capitalism and Education in Ireland Martin Power, Micheal O’Flynn, Aline Courtois & Margaret Kennedy
4. Austerity Capitalism and Education in Britain Dave Hill, Christine Lewis, Alpesh Maisuria & Patrick Yarker
5. Austerity Capitalism and Education in Turkey Fevziye Sayilan & Nuray Turkmen
6. Austerity Capitalism and Education in the USA Curry Malott & Faith Agostinone-Wilson
PART 2: Activism within/ against Immiseration Capitalism
7. Resistance in Greece Leonidas Vatikiotis and Maria Nikolakaki
8. Resistance in Ireland Micheal O’Flynn, Martin Power, Conor McCabe & Henry Silke
9. Resistance in Britain Joyce Canaan, Dave Hill, & Alpesh Maisuria
10. Resistance in Turkey Kemal İnal & H. Tuğba Öztürk
11. Resistance in the USA Curry Malott & Faith Agostinone-Wilson
PART 3: Peripheries
12. Immiseration Capitalism or Twenty-First century Socialism? Mike Cole & Peter McLaren
13. A view from the post-socialist ‘new periphery’ Bill Templer
14. Conclusion: Capitalism, Resistance and Dave Hill, Bill Templer, Panagiotis Sotiris,
What is to be Done? Grant Banfield & Faith Agostinone-Wilson
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Dave Hill is a Marxist academic and political and educational activist. He has fought ten elections in England at local, national and European levels, been an elected trade union regional leader and, when the Labour Party was left-wing, was a Labour Group (Council) Leader. In terms of Direct Action, he has recently been tear-gassed while on anti-government demonstrations in Athens and Ankara and is an activist in TUSC (the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition) and in Left Unity. He co-founded the Hillcole Group of Radical left Educators in 1989 and chaired it until 2001, founded the Institute for Education Policy Studies (www.ieps.org.uk) in 1989 and set up the Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies (www.jceps.com) in 2003. Since then, it, a free online peer-reviewed journal, has been downloaded a million times- free of charge. The journal went into print production in 2012 (available for purchase). He is Research Professor of Education at Anglia Ruskin University, England, and Visiting Professor of Critical Policy and Equality Studies at the University of Limerick, Ireland, and Visiting Professor of Education at the Universities of Middlesex, London, England, and Athens, Greece.
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