Gramsci, Freire and Adult Education

Possibilities for Transformative Action

Peter Mayo

Description

This book focuses on two of the most cited figures in the debate on radical education -- Antonio Gramsci and Paulo Freire - examining the extent to which their combined insights can provide the foundation for a theory for our own times of transformative adult education.
This book focuses on two of the most cited figures in the debate on radical education - Antonio Gramsci and Paulo Freire. Both regarded forms of adult education as having an important role to play in the struggle for liberation from oppression. In this book Peter Mayo examines the extent to which their combined insights can provide the foundation for a theory for our own times of transformative adult education. He focuses on three aspects of the pedagogical process in particular -- social relations, sites of practice and the content of adult education. He analyses their ideas and identifies some of the limitations in their work, notably the critical issues of gender and race which they do not address.

The book concludes with a seminal attempt at synthesising their ideas in the context of other adult educators' more recent contributions in order to develop a theory of transformative adult education, including an assessment of its feasibility in the era of globalization and neoliberalism.

Author Bio

Peter Mayo lectures in the Department of Foundations in Education, University of Malta.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Introduction
  • 2. Antonio Gramsci and Adult Education
  • 3. Paulo Freire and Adult Education
  • 4. A Comparative Analysis of Gramsci and Freire with Respect to Adult Education
  • 5. Some of the Limitations in Gramsci and Freire for a Contemporary Project
  • 6. A Gramscian Freirian Synthesis and Beyond
  • 7. Conclusion

Reviews

'The notion of a synthesis between Gramsci and Freire in relation to adult education is a complex one and Peter Mayo steers a coherent and insightful route through it.'
Sallie Westwood, University of Leicester

'Anyone interested in progressive social change will gain new insights from this book.'
David W. Livingstone, OISE, University of Toronto

'There is something valuable on every page.'
Ira Shor, College of Staten Island, New York

'Peter Mayo engages in a critical reflection on the alternative visions of Gramsci and Freire.'
Joseph A Buttigieg, University of Notre Dame

'A fascinating book with originality, depth and rigour - a must read.'
Carlos Alberto Torres, University of California, Los Angeles

Details

Publication Date: 1 April 1999
224 pages

Product ISBNs: Paperback: 9781856496148
Library Edition: 9781856496131

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