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Critical Studies of Education

Antonio Gramsci: A Pedagogy to Change the World

Editors: Pizzolato, Nicola, Holst, John D. (Eds.)

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  • Makes an important contribution to both the field of pedagogy and the study of Antonio Gramsci’s thought
  • Includes essays from Gramscian scholars from Italy and Latin American never published in English before  
  • Expands the debate about Gramsci’s pedagogical and political thought beyond its actual frame of reference
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This volume provides evidence for the argument of a central place of pedagogy in the interpretation of Gramsci’s political theory. Gramsci’s view that ‘every relationship of hegemony is necessarily a pedagogical relationship’ makes it imperative to dismiss narrow and formal interpretations of his educational theories as applying to schooling only. This book argues that what is required rather is an inquiry into the Italian thinker’s broad conceptualisation of pedagogy, which he thought of as a quintessential political activity, central to understanding and transforming society.

Preceded by a broad introduction that positions Gramsci in his context and in the literature, the essays in this book critically revisit the many passages of the Prison Notebooks and pre-prison writings where Gramsci addresses the nexus between politics and pedagogy. Some essays apply those concepts to specific contexts. The book for the first time brings to the attention of an English-speaking audience voices from the current historiography in Italy and Latin America.

We are forced at regular intervals to consider how Gramsci might still be useful, in particular national territories, in an international context. How can we carry on with pessimism of the intelligence, but find some basis for optimism of the will? 

From the foreword of Anne Showstack Sassoon, Visiting Professor of Politics at the Department of Politics at Birbeck, University of London

Reviews

“The volume is definitely about education/pedagogy and hegemony and mirrors much of the work of Gramsci, whose overall political project was an educational one. … I wholeheartedly recommend this book to adult educators and all those interested in critical education.” (Mervin Chisholm, Adult Education Quarterly, November 01, 2018)
“Embracing Antonio Gramsci’s claim that ‘every relationship of hegemony is necessarily an educational relationship’, Gramsci: A Pedagogy to Change the World, edited by Nicola Pizzolato and John D. Holst, constitutes a remarkable collection of essays which forcefully and convincingly posits pedagogy not only as a relatively isolated theme of interest in the Italian Marxist’s Prison Notebooks, but as fundamentally grounding the conceptual matrix underlying Gramsci’s political theory.” (Manuel S. Almeida, author of Dirigentes y Dirigidos: para leer los Cuadernos de la cárcel de Antonio Gramsci)

“With contributions from internationally recognized scholars, this book provides a refreshing engagement with the global reception of Gramsci’s ideas, particularly debates emanating from Italy, France, and the Americas. Incorporating theoretical examinations and case studies, the book is organized around the inexorable link between politics and pedagogy in Gramsci’s thought. The book offers clear explications of key Gramscian concepts — such as hegemony, the philosophy of praxis, historical bloc, subalternity, and catharsis — and their relationship to critical pedagogy, while also presenting examples of Gramscian pedagogical work in Chile, Brazil, Argentina, and Italy. From formal to informal education, the contributors exemplify Gramsci’s critical insight that “every relationship of ‘hegemony’ is necessarily an educational relationship.” With such an understanding, the book demonstrates that challenges to contemporary hegemony require a pedagogy that is capable of facilitating a critical awareness to interpret and change the world.” (Marcus E. Green, Otterbein University; Secretary, International Gramsci Society)

 “Pizzolato and Holst's edited collection provides a salient reminder that Gramsci's political writings promote education as both the problem and the solution to the inherent 'friction' symptomatic of the pathology of capitalistic relations. To this end, the authors set out to expose how such relations have deeply matted roots in normative discourse and everyday practice. By critically analysing the cultural, linguistic, religious and economic traditions in which subjectivities are forged, the contributors of this book offer their own pedagogical examples of cognitive and moral challenge. This volume is a valuable reminder to a new generation of thinkers of the central contribution of Gramsci's thoughts not only in theorising an alternative present but also by exemplifying the actions integral to its making.” (Deb Hill Whanganui, New Zealand)

“The book builds upon, but also goes beyond, the existing knowledge on Gramsci. Drawing from original, insightful, and empirical research, the book focuses on Gramsci’s pedagogical thoughts and his philosophy of praxis. The enduring importance of the book imminent from the historical contextualization and internationalization of pedagogical ideas Gramsci developed. Undoubtedly, a good read to appreciate the importance of teaching and learning to change the world.” (Shahrzad Mojab, Department of Leadership, Higher and Adult Education, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, Canada)

Table of contents (12 chapters)

Table of contents (12 chapters)
  • Gramsci, Politics and Pedagogy: An Interpretative Framework

    Pages 1-32

    Pizzolato, Nico (et al.)

  • Gramsci, Hegemony and Educational Politics

    Pages 35-47

    Mayo, Peter

  • Culture, Education and Political Leadership in Gramsci’s Thought

    Pages 49-66

    Pagano, Riccardo

  • The Pedagogy of Praxis and the Role of Education in the Prison Notebooks

    Pages 67-85

    Fusaro, Diego

  • A Pedagogy for Power: Antonio Gramsci and Luis Emilio Recabarren on the Educational Role of Working-Class Organizations

    Pages 89-106

    Vetter, María Alicia (et al.)

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eBook $109.00
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-40449-3
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Hardcover $139.99
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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $139.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-82103-0
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Antonio Gramsci: A Pedagogy to Change the World
Editors
  • Nicola Pizzolato
  • John D. Holst
Series Title
Critical Studies of Education
Series Volume
5
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-40449-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-40449-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-40447-9
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-82103-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XX, 227
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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