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New Book: Education as Social Action: Knowledge, Identity and Power

30 Jun 2005

  • Author(s): Ashok Swain


Education plays a key role in breaking the cycle of poverty and increasing opportunity. Various forms of social movements play an important role in providing educational opportunities to communities and social groups that might otherwise be excluded, filling the gap left by the state. This book critically examines the origin and outcome of social action for education in different parts of the world.

States have the primary responsibility for education. However, this does not mean that communities are passive recipients of education services designed and delivered by the state. In many countries, the state is ignorant of or unwilling to respond to community needs when planning education policies. By failing to develop curricula that correspond to the needs of poor and marginalized sections of society, some states provide education systems that many see as irrelevant or hostile. In some areas of the world, this has led to a decline in confidence in government by some groups, and has spurred the formation of social movements. There are many such social mobilizations in the field of promoting alternative education.

This edited volume evaluates the relevance of the dominant theoretical discourse to understand the origin and outcome of the social actions for education undertaken in various regions of the world.

Contents
Introduction: Knowledge, Identity and Power: Education Movements in the Global South, Ashok Swain
Food for Starved Minds: The Mobilization of African Americans for Education, Donn C.Worgs
Education Movements, Power and Identity in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Roland Kostic
Universal Elementary Education in India: An Exploratory Study of Movements in Civil Society, Sudha Pai
Muslim Madrasas in Contemporary South Asia, Yoginder S.Sikand
Education among Indigenous Peoples from Colombia and Peru: Social Movement or Public Policy?, Consuelo Uribe
Education as an Agenda of Social Action in Malaysia: The Search for Unity in a Plural Society, Kamarulzaman Askandar
Social Movements and the "Education Revolution" in Post-Apartheid South Africa, Larry A.Swatuk
Conclusions: Social Action for Education, the State and the Global Network, Ashok Swain


Ashok Swain is Associate Professor and Director of the Programme of International Studies, Department of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University, Sweden.

Education as Social Action is copublished with Palgrave Macmillan, Hardback, ISBN 1-4039-4914-X, GBP 50.00; 280 pages, 2005.

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