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Social Movements, Civil Society, and Radical Adult Education
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Argues that a classical Marxist political economic analysis of globalization that sees globalization as merely a new stage in the long expansion of capitalist relations will confront capitalism and demonstrate how Gramsci provides a theory and practice for the creation of working-class hegemony through people's power.

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Series Foreword by Henry A. Giroux Foreword by Peter McLaren Preface Contextualizing the Contemporary Interest in Social Movements and Civil Society in Radical Adult Education Theory and Practice The Sociology and Politics of Social Movements Civil Society within the Marxist Tradition and Beyond Adult Education, Social Movements and Civil Society Gramsci's Concept of Civil Society Revisited: Implications for a Reconceptualization of Radical Adult Education Theory and Practice References Index

About the Author

JOHN D. HOLST is Assistant Professor, Department of Curriculum & Instruction, University of St. Thomas, Minneapolis.

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"A brilliant contribution to the radical tradition of adult education. Holst convincingly demonstrates how progressive adult education scholars have used the writings of Marx, Gramsci, and Freire in selective and problematic ways. The author provides a thoughtful and inspirational way of returning to the fundamental ideas of these thinkers."-Kjell Rubenson, Ph.D. Professor of Adult Education, University of British Columbia
"Here is a bold and incisive argument, calling adult educators to account....Joining scholars like Allman and Youngman, Holst restores a robust vision of revolutionary praxis in a desperate world."-Tara J. Fenwick Associate Professor, University of Alberta
"Holst blends theoretical sophistication with activist momentum to argue for the enduring relevance of a socialist vision of adult education."-Stephen Brookfield Distinguished Professor, University of St. Thomas, Minnesota
"John Holst helps bring the historical materialist tradition back into the reckoning in the literature on radical and transformative adult education. This inspiring book is a must for anyone interested in the area of adult education for social transformation as part of a larger and more comprehensive struggle for economic redistribution and social justice."-Peter Mayo Associate Professor, University of Malta
"Theoretically grounded in Marx, Gramsci, and Lenin, this is the book we've waited for and the book we need. The clear articulation of the relationship between social movements and civil society makes Holst's work absolutely essential reading for radical/critical educators."-Paula Allman author, Revolutionary Social Transformation
"This uncompromising, deeply theoretical, understandable polemic is needed for educators in classrooms, in unions, on the soap box or the internet."-Nelson Peery League of Revolutionaries for a New America
"Those who espouse to be 'radical' adult educators need to get themselves a copy of John Holst's book. In a brave and unambiguous approach to civil society and social movements, Holst provides a compelling and lucid case for reasserting a Marxist socialist agenda for adult education."-Mark Murphy, Ph.D. Lecturer in Education, University of Stirling, Scotland
?[A] unique and provocative perspective on education in America....well researched and carefully argued.?-Controversia
?This book is not easy reading, but is valuable. It is spirited challenge to soft critiques of global capitalism among many educators. The author presents less than a full account of positions with which he disagrees, and some readers may want to balance Holst with radical pluralists' and socialists' own accounts of social movement theory. The bibliographic entries on social movements and civil society and adult education's treatment of these subjects are valuable, and overall this is a well-written and timely book.?-Noel Keough, University of Calgary, Canada
"YA unique and provocative perspective on education in America....well researched and carefully argued."-Controversia
"[A] unique and provocative perspective on education in America....well researched and carefully argued."-Controversia
"This book is not easy reading, but is valuable. It is spirited challenge to soft critiques of global capitalism among many educators. The author presents less than a full account of positions with which he disagrees, and some readers may want to balance Holst with radical pluralists' and socialists' own accounts of social movement theory. The bibliographic entries on social movements and civil society and adult education's treatment of these subjects are valuable, and overall this is a well-written and timely book."-Noel Keough, University of Calgary, Canada

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