Educating for democratic consciousness: Counter-hegemonic possibilities
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Linking democracy to education is by no means new. The “infinity” of endeavours to synchronise both notions and both forms of social practice is also obvious. The sentence “The focus of this book is on how to build a society through education” in the editors’ introduction (p. 5) is evocative and telling. Although the authors do not say so explicitly at this point in the book, which addresses many social consequences and problems brought on by neoliberalism, the need to “build a society” could be understood as imperative in view of the beginnings of the epoch in question. Probably no other description or representation of neoliberalism expressed its essence better than Margaret Thatcher’s famous claim that “there is no such thing as society”.1
The issue of democratic consciousness, therefore, implies a consideration of the outcomes of the whole recent epoch, especially in the sphere of the most fragile social institutions, among which educational systems are significantly exposed....