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Glenn Rikowski

Glenn Rikowski

Glenn Rikowski

Dr. Glenn Rikowski: I am a Marxist educational theorist and thinker on the future of the human and social time.

I worked at the University of Northampton, England, up to 31st October 2013, where I taught Education Studies.



My publications include:

The Battle in Seattle: Its Significance for Education (2001, Tufnell Press),

Red Chalk: On Schooling, Capitalism and Politics (2001, The Institute for Education Policy Studies) – written with Dave Hill, Mike Cole and Peter McLaren

Marxism Against Postmodernism in Educational Theory (with Dave Hill, Peter McLaren and Mike Cole) (2002, Lexington Books), and

Renewing Dialogues in Marxism and Education – Openings (edited with Anthony Green and Helen Raduntz) (2007, Palgrave Macmillan).


Information for Social Change
Glenn edited Information for Social Change Issue No.23, a Special Issue on ‘Education for Social Change’.
This is the general URL for the journal:
This is the URL for Issue No.23:  

From 1994 to 2001, Glenn was a member of the Hillcole Group of Radical Left Educators.

With Tony Green (University of London, Institute of Education), I ran the Marxism and Education: Renewing Dialogues seminars, twice-yearly (May and October) from October 2002 to October 2008.

I have a web site, The Flow of Ideas, at:

I am a Peterborough United supporter.

I live in London, and I am married to Ruth Rikowski, a Marxist library and information activist.

We have three boys: Alexander, Victor and Gregory.

You can Victor’s mythological PowerPoint story (in 6 parts), called The Ockress at:






Examples of my Online Publications:


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. (2006) Caught in the Storm of Capital: Teacher Professionalism, Managerialism and Neoliberalism in Schools, a paper prepared for Education, Culture & Society (EDU3004) Students, School of Education, University of Northampton, 30th October:

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 2007, online at:

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) Against What We Are Worth, a paper prepared for the Post-Graduate Programme: Gender and New Educational and Employment Environment in the Information Age, ‘Summer Workshop on Gender’, at the University of the Aegean, Rhodes, Greece, 4th July, at:




A full list (with links) of my Online Publications is at:

Some of my papers are now available at Academia:


  1. I love your site. Keep it up !

  2. As we face the future, the prognosis for the dollar and for the international monetary system is grim indeed. ,

  3. Unprepared – How can anyone expect teachers to get these kids ready for standardized tests? ,

  4. Hi there. You might want to have a look on our blog: and the magazine
    all best

  5. Hi, nice to meet you !

  6. An Alternative to Capitalism (which we need here in the USA)

    The following link takes you to an essay titled:
    “Home of the Brave?”
    which was published by the
    Athenaeum Library of Philosophy:

    John Steinsvold

  7. Post in soc of ed available at University of Malta. can send pdf. deadlienfast approachign sept 2nd

  8. It will be great if you change the link in the footer in Academic section for PRORCH: Promotion of Research to PRORCH: Call for papers.Thank you

    • This is my blog, and I will arrange it how I want! Thanks for the ‘advice’ prorch! Glenn

  9. Hi, I like your site, I found it while looking for info on Gramsci and liguistics. Keep up the good work. Cheers from Poland

  10. Thanx for the blog, Glenn, to which I have subscribed for quite a while now.

    You & fellow readers may be interested to know that Jonathan Sperber, a historian of the 19th century & recent biographer of Marx, made an interesting remark in June on the ‘all that is solid melts into air’ phrase, in line with his placing of Marx in his own time, not the 20th century or the 21st.

    The famous words appear at the beginning of the ‘Manifesto of the Communist Party’, & the above translation is by Sam Moore & Engels. Sperber does not refer to other renderings, either Helen Macfarlane’s made in 1850, ‘Every thing fixed and stable vanishes’, or Hal Draper’s ‘All that is established and stable evaporates away’.

    The original phrase is ‘Alles Ständische und Stehende verdampft’, & this is what Sperber says:

    “‘Stehende’ and ‘Ständische’ both come from the verb ‘to stand,’ and is used here as sort of a pun — it refers to both ‘that which exists’ and the society of orders, the old regime world that still existed in Prussia and Austria. ‘Verdampft’ means to ‘evaporate,’ to ‘go up in smoke.’ What Marx was suggesting here is that the power of capitalism — capitalist steam engines (‘Dampf’ means ‘steam’ in German) — would ‘evaporate’ the society of orders. This would also bring to an end the intellectual world that went along with it: Romanticism, the glorification of the Middle Ages, and religion. Marx’s comment at the end about ‘man is at last compelled to face, with sober senses, his real conditions of life’ is about an age of realism, e.g., literary realism. One of Marx’s friends when he was in exile in Paris was Heinrich Heine, the great early German realist.

    “Mine is a very different take on the passage. The way it has been interpreted in the 20th century is that capitalism produces many new consumer demands; we have a world which is constantly changing in communications, artistic trends, etc. That’s a 20th century reinterpretation of Marx’s ideas.”

    (I don’t know what you think, but Sperber’s literary realism point seems awry, especially as here the ‘Manifesto’ evokes this written four years before: “The criticism of religion disillusions man, so that he will think, act and fashion his reality like a man who has discarded his illusions and regained his senses, so that he will move around himself as his own true sun” (‘A Contribution to the Critique of Hegel’s “Philosophy of Right”. Introduction’, Gregor Benton (tr.), Penguin).)

  11. In the spirit of a certain completeness, the late 20th century populariser of the ‘all that is solid . . .’ phrase, Marshall Berman, sadly died this Wednesday, 11 September (the 40th anniversary of the Chilean coup).

    Here is a tribute, which links to the Mumford Lecture he gave this May (91′), & to 6 of the many articles he wrote for ‘Dissent’:

    Another appreciation:

    Wiki has links to other audio-visuals & texts; also please see youtube.

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