Explorations of Educational Purpose

Logics of Socialist Education

Engaging with Crisis, Insecurity and Uncertainty

Editors: Griffiths, Tom G., Millei, Zsuzsa (Eds.)

  • Offers well-founded critiques of contemporary society and also presents solutions deliverable through education
  • Offers case studies of 'twenty-first century socialist' projects
  • Brings together critical accounts of education under historical and contemporary socialism
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For some, socialism is a potent way of achieving economic, political and social transformations in the twenty-first century, while others find the very term socialism outdated. This book engages readers in a discussion about the viability of socialist views on education and identifies the capacity of some socialist ideas to address a range of widely recognized social ills. It argues that these pervasive social problems, which plague so-called ‘developed’ societies as much as they contribute to the poverty, humiliation and lack of prospects in the rest of the world, fundamentally challenge us to act. In our contemporary world-system, distancing ourselves from the injustices of others is neither viable nor defensible. Rather than waiting for radically new solutions to emerge, this book sees the possibility of transformation in the reconfiguration of existing social logics that comprise our modern societies, including logics of socialism.

 

The book presents case studies that offer a critical examination of education in contemporary socialist contexts, as well as reconsidering examples of education under historical socialism. In charting these alternatives, and retooling past solutions in a nuanced way, it sets out compelling evidence that it is possible to think and act in ways that depart from today’s dominant educational paradigm. It offers contemporary policy makers, researchers, and practitioners a cogent demonstration of the contemporary utility of educational ideas and solutions associated with socialism.

 

A pioneering collection of essays which is central to understanding the historical and contemporary meanings of socialism in the context of neoliberal globalization. It is a most timely contribution to a growing intellectual project that challenges the hegemony of capitalism, while re-thinking and theorizing alternatives.

Iveta Silova, Associate Professor of Comparative Education, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA, USA

 

In this significant contribution to recent scholarship the authors use the lens of socialist education to offer an original critique of hegemonic capitalism, and present an intellectually rigorous search for alternatives by reconsidering historical socialism and advancing promising educational experiments that challenge the 'global architecture of education'.

Anders Breidlid, Professor of International Education and Development, Oslo University College, Norway

Table of contents (10 chapters)

  • Introduction: Discovering and Negotiating Socialist Educational Logics Under Post-socialist Conditions

    Griffiths, Tom G. (et al.)

    Pages 1-18

  • Decolonising Bolivian Education: Ideology Versus Reality

    Cardozo, Mieke T. A. Lopes

    Pages 21-35

  • Teaching ‘Valores’ in Cuba: A Conversation Among Teacher Educators

    Lancaster, Illana (et al.)

    Pages 37-52

  • Soviets in the Countryside: The MST’s Remaking of Socialist Educational Practices in Brazil

    Tarlau, Rebecca

    Pages 53-72

  • Community Participation in Schooling: Redefined in Bolivarian Venezuela?

    Shah, Ritesh

    Pages 73-90

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Logics of Socialist Education
Book Subtitle
Engaging with Crisis, Insecurity and Uncertainty
Editors
  • Tom G. Griffiths
  • Zsuzsa Millei
Series Title
Explorations of Educational Purpose
Series Volume
24
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-007-4728-9
DOI
10.1007/978-94-007-4728-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-007-4727-2
Softcover ISBN
978-94-017-8127-5
Series ISSN
1875-4449
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 212
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