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Ruth Rikowski has posted some new papers to Academia. These are as follows:

Rikowski, Ruth (2001) GATS:  private affluence and public squalor? Implications for libraries and information, Managing Information, Vol.8 No.10, December, pp.8-10, online at:

Rikowski, R. (2002) The Corporate Takeover of Libraries, Information for Social Change, No.14, winter 2001/02, online at:

Rikowski, R. (2002) The WTO/GATS Agenda for Libraries, Talk prepared for a public meeting at Sussex University, 23rd May 2002, online at:

Rikowski, R. (2002) A First-Time in Glasgow: impressions of the IFLA Conference, 2002, IFLA Journal, Vol.28 Nos.5/6, pp.278-280, online at:

Rikowski, R. (2003) Globalisation and Libraries – House of Lords Paper, in: Report by House of Lords, Select Committee on Economic Affairs, Session 2002-03, 1st Report, Volume of Evidence, Part 2, HL Paper 5-11, London: The Stationary Office, online at:

Rikowski, R. (2003) The Significance of WTO Agreements for the Library and Information World, Managing Information, January / February, Vol.16 No.1, p.43, online at:

Rikowski, R. (2003) Tripping Along With TRIPS? The World Trade Organization’s agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) and its implications for the library and information world, Managing Information, Vol.10 No.3, April, pp10-12, online at:

Rikowski, R. (2003) The Role of the Information Professional in Knowledge Management: The Beginning of the End or the End of the Beginning for the Library and Information Profession? Managing Information, Vol.10 No.4, pp.44-47, online at:

Rikowski, R. (2004) Creating Value from Knowledge in the Knowledge Revolution, Information for Social Change, No.20, winter 2004, online at:

Rikowski, R. (2008) Digital Libraries and Digitalisation: an overview and critique, Policy Futures in Education, Vol.6 No.1, pp.5-21, online at:

Rikowski, R. (2008) Computers / Information and Communications Technology, the Information Profession and the Gender Divide: Where are we going? Policy Futures in Education, Vol.6 No.4, pp.482-506, online at:


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This, rather long title, pertains to the only paper / article written by us (Ruth and Glenn Rikowski) jointly. It appeared in the winter 2005/06 edition of Information for Social Change, Issue 22. We were both mightily concerned with processes and policies relating to the commodification of public services at the time, with Ruth focusing on libraries and Glenn on schools in England.

Furthermore, at the time, both of us were interested in the international dimension to the commodification of public services. Specifically, we were concerned with the likely impact of the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS). This joint interest brought us together in a practical political sense too, when we became members of Attac London in 2000 and along with others organised a conference on the commodification of state services.

Of course, these topics have gained renewed importance with the current development of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). Maybe the halting of significant advances in the WTO’s GATS process since Seattle 1999 in some way precipitated this development.

It is a shame that we have not written more together, and this is something that we aim to rectify in the future.

Meanwhile, this ‘Discussion’ piece can now be found at Academia:

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September 2015

Ruth Rikowski

Ruth Rikowski


“Unite union staff working at Greenwich Council’s libraries are to strike for five days in protest at the council’s decision to hand over the running of its libraries to GLL (Greenwich Leisure Ltd).

The switch to GLL management is due to take place from Monday 30 April but union representatives fear cuts to workers’ pay and conditions, and are also angry about the lack of consultation over the move.

Strikes will take place on Friday 27th April, Saturday 28th April, Mondy 30th April, Tuesday 1st May, and Friday 11th May.”

For some of the background to this, see Ruth Rikowski’s blog at:

As Ruth Rikowski notes:

“The predictions I outlined in my Globalistion book, ‘Globalisation, Information and Libraries’ (Chandos Publishing: Oxford, 2005) are coming to pass (though later than I originally figured) – libraries gradually being taken out of state control, firstly being run by trusts, charities and voluntary organisations, which paves the way for eventual and total privatisation.

How long will it take before the ‘penny finally drops’? And how much will we have lost in the process and how much poorer will we be, before the ‘penny finally drops’?”

For more information and comments about it all, see:

Ruth Rikowski (2005) Globalisation, Information and Libraries: The Implications of the World Trade Organisation’s GATS and TRIPS Agreements (Chandos Series for Information Professionals), Oxford: Chandos Publishing




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The Battle in Seattle: Its Significance for Education


Two-day workshop at the Centre for the Study of Social and Global Justice (CSSGJ) at Nottingham University on 2 and 3 December 2011 with Samir Amin as keynote speaker

Since the completion of the GATT Uruguay Round and the establishment of the WTO in the mid-1990s, the international free trade agenda has been drastically expanded including now also issues related to intellectual property rights, trade in services and trade-related investment measures. The WTO Doha negotiations round launched in 2001 had been intended to complete ‘unfinished business’ especially in the area of free trade in services, public procurement and agriculture. At the same time, resistance to these developments has increased with the demonstrations at the WTO ministerial conference in Seattle in 1999 as a first landmark event. The latest attempt to revive the Doha round in July 2008 ended in failure. In view of the problems at the multilateral level, both the EU and the USA have increasingly engaged in bilateral strategies of free trade agreements. These strategies include the expanded trade agenda and are a tool to achieve what has been impossible within a multilateral setting.

Free trade strategies have increasingly become a problem for the international labour movement. On the one hand, trade unions in the North especially in manufacturing have supported free trade agreements. They hope that new export markets for products in their sectors will preserve jobs. On the other, trade unions in the Global South as well as social movements more generally oppose these free trade agreements, since they often imply deindustrialisation and the related loss of jobs for them. Unsurprisingly, transnational solidarity is difficult if not impossible to achieve as a result. At the same time, however, it has to be asked what free trade actually is and whether we can call the existing system really a free trade system? How trade unions understand both these questions is fundamental for their chances to understand each other. Understandings of free trade, which draw on alternative economic theories – see, for example, Samir Amin’s theory of unequal exchange and imperialism – may open up new avenues. 

Additionally, a focus is required on countries’ different position in the global economy, core, semiperiphery, periphery, the related dynamics of uneven and combined development structuring it, as well as the related implications for labour movements in view of free trade. Equally, a sector specific view is required, as particular sectoral dynamics are likely to have an influence on trade unions’ outlook on free trade.

In this workshop, we intend to focus on the problematic around free trade, the current free trade system and the related neo-liberal ideology, as well as analyse the problems for trade unions and social movements in more detail. The objective is to understand better the dynamics underlying free trade as well as explore possibilities for transnational solidarity against the background of uneven and combined development. This will also involve a discussion of alternative conceptualisations of free trade based on different economic theories and the related implications for labour movements. The workshop intends to reach beyond academia and facilitate discussions between academics and trade union researchers as well as social movement activists.

In more detail, we invite papers by academics, trade union researchers and social movement activists in the following areas:

• Basic analyses of what a ‘proper’ free trade system is;
• Analyses of current free trade policies, the implications of neo-liberalism as well as the concrete results of free trade policies for the populations affected. Can we call the current system a free trade system?
• Analyses of free trade policies and the relationships with other policies of neo-liberal restructuring;
• Implications of countries’ structural location in the global economy as well as sectoral specificities for trade unions’ positions on free trade;
• Analyses of resistance movements to concrete free trade agreements with a specific emphasis on co-operation and/or non – co-operation between trade unions and social movements;
• Analyses of the position of specific trade unions and/or social movements on free trade;

Paper proposals of ca. 250 words should be sent to by 9 May 2011. There is no registration fee for the workshop and all participants will be provided with coffee/tea breaks, two lunches and one evening dinner free of charge.

The workshop is supported with a small research grant of £6960 by the British Academy (SG102043) as well as a grant of £1750 by the University of Nottingham priority group Integrating Global Society.

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David Geoffrey Smith

Interchange, Vol.40/1, pp.93-117 (2009) 

David Geoffrey Smith has written a very interesting and useful article in the latest issue of Interchange. Not only does he review Peter McLaren’s Rage + Hope: Interviews with Peter McLaren on War, Imperialism, & Critical Pedagogy (Peter Lang Publishing, 2006), but he also explores the New Marxism in Education, or the New Marxist Educational Theory (as it is sometimes called). Thus, he examines the impact of McLaren’s work along with other writers on the New Marxism in Education: Paula Allman, Glenn Rikowski, Mike Cole and Dave Hill.

He does spell my name wrong, though: having ‘Glen’ rather than ‘Glenn’ Rikowski. But that’s easily forgivable as Smith has produced an enlightening article. 

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Education and Neoliberalism


Reviewers wanted


A message from E. Wayne Ross



I am looking for reviewers for the books listed below (from the Routledge Studies in Education and Neoliberalism series, edited by Dave Hill). 



Reviews would be for either Workplace: A Journal for Academic Labor ( or Cultural Logic (


If you are interested please contact me via email – and we can discuss details:



(1) The Rich World and the Impoverishment of Education: Diminishing Democracy, Equity, and Workers’ Rights (Edited by Dave Hill)



(2) Global Neoliberalism and Education and its Consequences (Edited by Dave Hill and Ravi Kumar)



(3) The Developing World and State Education (Edited by Dave Hill and Ellen Rosskam).


(4) Contesting Neoliberal Education: Public Resistance and Collective Advance (Edited by Dave Hill)



E. Wayne Ross


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University of British Columbia

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Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4






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Neoliberalism and Education Reform




Neoliberalism and Education Reform edited by E. Wayne Ross and Rich Gibson (2007, Hampton Press) won a 2008 Critics’ Choice Book Award from American Educational Studies Association (AERA). 






My article in the book, Schools and the GATS Enigma is an extended version of the article I have in the Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies. See:




The award was announced at the AESA annual meeting which is taking place this weekend in Savannah, Georgia.




Here is a full listing of the books receiving Critics’ Choice Awards this year:



Biesta, Gert (2006). Beyond Learning: Democratic Education for a Human Future. Boulder, CO: Paradigm Publishers.



Dillard, C.B. (2006). On Spiritual Strivings: Transforming an African American Woman’s Academic Life. Albany, NY: SUNY.



Gabbard, D. (2008). Knowledge and Power in the Global Economy: The Effects of School Reform in a Neoliberal/Neoconservative Age. Mahwah, N.J.: Lawrence Erlbaum Publishing.



Giroux, Henry, A. (2007). The University in Chains: Confronting the Military-Industrial-Academic Complex. Boulder, CO: Paradigm.



Hare, William, and John P. Portelli (Eds.), (2007). Key Questions for Educators. San Francisco: Caddo Gap Press.



Hyslop-Margison, Emery and M. Ayaz Naseem (2007). Scientism and Education: Empirical Research as Neo-Liberal Ideology. Springer.



Joshee, R. and L. Johnson (Eds.), (2007). Multicultural Education Policies in Canada and the United States. Vancouver, BC: The University of British Columbia Press.



Kellner, Douglas (2008). Guys and Guns Amok: Domestic Terrorism and School Shootings from the Oklahoma City Bombing to the Virginia Tech Massacre. Boulder, CO: Paradigm Publishers.



Lather, Patti (2007). Getting Lost: Feminist Efforts Toward a Double(d) Science. Albany, New York: SUNY.



Mayo, Cris (2007). Disputing the Subject of Sex: Sexuality and Public School Controversies. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.



Noguera, Pedro (2008). The Trouble with Black Boys. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.



Robbins, Christopher, (2008). Expelling Hope: The Assault on Youth and the Militarization of Schooling. Albany, NY: SUNY.



Ross, E. W., & Gibson, R. (Eds.). (2007). Neoliberalism and Education Reform. Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press.



Salvio, Paula (2007). Anne Sexton: Teacher of Weird Abundance. State University of New York Press.



Saltman, Kenneth (2007). Capitalizing on Disaster: Taking and Breaking Public School. Boulder, CO: Paradigm.



Schultz, Brian (2008). Spectacular Things Happen Along the Way: Lessons from an Urban Classroom. Columbia, NY: Teachers College.



Solomon, R. P. and D. N. Sekayi (Eds.), (2007). Urban Teacher Education and Teaching: Innovative Practices for Diversity and Social Justice. Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.



Yosso, Tara (2006). Critical Race Counterstories along the Chicana/Chicano Educational Pipeline. Routledge.



Villegas, Malia, Neugebauer, Sabina Rak and Kerry R. Venegas (Eds.), (2008). Indigenous Knowledge and Education: Sites of Struggle, Strength, and Survivance. Harvard.




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