Learnning and Educationfor a Bettter World

The Role of Social Movements

  • Budd L. Hall
  • Darlene E. Clover
  • Jim Crowther
  • Eurig Scandrett

Part of the International Issues in adult Education book series (ADUL, volume 10)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Historicising and Theorising, Movement Education and Learning

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Anne Harley
      Pages 3-22
    3. Elisabeth Steinklammer
      Pages 23-39
    4. Jim Crowther, Emilio Lucio-Villegas
      Pages 57-68
  3. Learning Through Cultural Struggle

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 85-85
    2. Darlene E. Clover
      Pages 87-99
    3. Astrid von Kotze
      Pages 101-112
    4. Stephen Brookfield
      Pages 113-124
  4. Changing the World

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 125-125
    2. Budd L. Hall
      Pages 127-139
    3. Aziz Choudry
      Pages 141-153
    4. Catherine Etmanski
      Pages 155-167
    5. Mark Malone
      Pages 169-182
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 183-188

About this book


This is a book for activists, students, scholars of social movements and adult education and for the public interested in the contemporary movements of our times. From the streets of Barcelona and Athens, the public squares in Cairo, Tunis and Tripoli, the flash mobs and virtual learning of the #Occupy movement, and the shack dwellers of South Africa people around the world are organising themselves to take action against the ravages of a capitalism that serves the greedy while impoverishing the rest. Social movements have arisen or re-arisen in virtually every sector of human activity from concerns about the fate of our planet earth, to dignity for those living with HIV/AIDS, to feeding ourselves in healthier ways and survival in places of violent conflict. At the heart of each of these movements are activists and ordinary people learning how to change their lives and how to change the world. This book offers contemporary theoretical and practical insights into the learning that happens both within and outside of social movements. Social movement scholars present work linked to the arts, to organic farming, to environmental action, to grassroots activists in the Global South, to the Arab Spring, the Occupy movement, the shackdwellers movements, school reform and the role of Marx, Gramscii and Williams in understanding social movement learning. The greatest contribution of this inspiring book is to remind us that learning and education in social movements help to make a difference. Not only does this collection enable us to understand how we might theorise and historicise learning in diverse contemporary social movements, but its contributors do so with outspoken and passionate commitment to ‘Learning and Education for a Better World.’ - Professor Miriam Zukas, Executive Dean, Birkbeck, University of London The burning demand for such a text comes from our contemporary moment that is witness to a world where nearly everything is commercialised, marketised or commodified. This text shuns an essentialist discourse while simultaneously and masterfully offering unprecedented insights into social movement learning and education. The book is numinous. - Professor Robert Hill, University of Georgia, USA This is a book we have all been waiting for. The editors have brought together an amazing cadre of international adult educators to probe the intersection of social movements and learning, and to build theory around the many social actions that are taking place globally. A must read for students and professors everywhere. - Leona English, PhD, St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, NS, Canada Accessible, engaging, often inspirational, the essays that comprise Learning and Education for a Better World offer deep insights on the role of social movements as agencies of learning, struggle and transformation. From case studies that include the occupy movement, popular education in Latin America, political cinema and the Egyptian Revolution to reflections on resistance, aesthetics and the role of organic intellectuals, this collection will be of interest to educators, social scientists, humanists and activists alike. An interdisciplinary tour-de-force. - Professor William Carroll, University of Victoria, Canada This is such a timely collection of essays, bringing together critical reflections on experiences of social action from across the globe. This book is to be commended to the widest possible readership. - (From the Preface by) Emeritus Professor Marjorie Mayo, Goldsmith’s College


adult education social movements

Editors and affiliations

  • Budd L. Hall
    • 1
  • Darlene E. Clover
    • 2
  • Jim Crowther
    • 3
  • Eurig Scandrett
    • 4
  1. 1.University of VictoriaCanada
  2. 2.University of VictoriaCanada
  3. 3.The University of EdinburghScotlandUK
  4. 4.Queen Margaret University, EdinburghScotlandUK

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