What do activists know? Learning Activism is designed to encourage a deeper engagement with the intellectual life of activists who organize for social, political, and ecological justice. Combining experiential knowledge from his own activism and a variety of social movements, Choudry suggests that such organizations are best understood if we engage with the learning, knowledge, debates, and theorizing that goes on within them. Drawing on Marxist, feminist, anti-racist, and anti-colonial perspectives on knowledge and power, the book highlights how activists and organizers learn through doing, and fills the gap between social movement practice as it occurs on the ground, critical adult education scholarship, and social movement theorizing. Examples include anti-colonial currents within global justice organizing in the Asia-Pacific, activist research and education in social movements and people's organizations in the Philippines, Migrant and immigrant worker struggles in Canada, and the Quebec student strike. The result is a book that carves out a new space for intellectual life in activist practice.
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Aziz Choudry is Associate Professor, Department of Integrated Studies in Education, McGill University, and Visiting Professor at the Centre for Education Rights and Transformation, University of Johannesburg.Review:
The text brilliantly shines a light on the creative intellectual work generated by effective social movements, and simultaneously renews Gramsci’s concept of the ‘organic intellectual.’ Scholar-activists in Canada and internationally will embrace this text—as accessible in style as it is sophisticated in analysis. (Abigail B. Bakan, Ontario Institute For Studies in Education (OISE), University of Toronto)
Learning Activism fiercely bridges the divide between activism and knowledge production, and innovates crucial analyses of decolonization and anti-globalization movements by illustrating how social movements are indeed grounded in research, theory-making, learning, and education. This book is a must read for anyone interested in social movements, education, and community studies. (Nadine Suleiman Naber, University of Illinois, Chicago)
In contrast to mainstream social movement theory, Choudry illustrates how people learn about power, possibility, and social change in the course of daily struggles to remake their realities, while documenting the ineradicable capacity of ordinary people to 'organize, learn, and create knowledge together'. (Nisha Thapliyal, University of Newcastle, Australia)
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Book Description University of Toronto Press, Higher Education Division, 2015. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Very Good. No Jacket. Bookseller Inventory # 16261