Logics of Socialist Education

Engaging with Crisis, Insecurity and Uncertainty

  • Tom G. Griffiths
  • Zsuzsa Millei

Part of the Explorations of Educational Purpose book series (EXEP, volume 24)

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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economic, political and social transformations in the twenty-first century, while others find the very term socialism outdated.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.


21st century socialism Bolivia Brazil Cuba Nicaragua Venezuela capitalism citizen education communist education comparative education counter-hegemonic initiatives globalization integral education mass education neoliberalism post-communist education social movements socialist education socialist identities soviet education twenty-first century socialism universal education world-systems analysis

Editors and affiliations

  • Tom G. Griffiths
    • 1
  • Zsuzsa Millei
    • 2
  1. 1., School of EducationUniversity of NewcastleCallaghanAustralia
  2. 2.School of Education, School of EducationUniversity of NewcastleCallaghanAustralia

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