Antonio Gramsci: A Pedagogy to Change the World

  • Nicola Pizzolato
  • John D. Holst

Part of the Critical Studies of Education book series (CSOE, volume 5)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Nico Pizzolato, John D. Holst
    Pages 1-32
  3. Understanding Gramsci and Education

  4. Using a Gramscian Framework for Research

  5. Key Gramscian Concepts and Pedagogy

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 221-227

About this book


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


Antonio Gramsci Gramscian pedagogy Prison notebooks adult education critical pedagogy critique of education education and power pedagogy and hegemony pedagogy and hegemony philosophy of praxis workers education social theory Marxism

Editors and affiliations

  • Nicola Pizzolato
    • 1
  • John D. Holst
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute for Work Based LearningMiddlesex UniversityLondonUK
  2. 2.Department of Educational LeadershipUniversity of St. ThomasMinneapolisUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-40447-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-40449-3
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