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“By ones and twos and tens”: pedagogies of possibility for democratizing higher education

Amsler, Sarah

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Sarah Amsler sarah.amsler@nottingham.ac.uk



Abstract

This paper concerns the relationship between teaching and political action both within and outside formal educational institutions. Its setting is the recent period following the 2010 Browne Review on the funding of higher education in England. Rather than speaking directly to debates around scholar-activism, about which much has already been written, I want to stretch the meanings of both teaching and activism to contextualise the contemporary politics of higher learning in relation to diverse histories and geographies of progressive education more generally. Taking this wider view suggests that some of the forms of knowledge which have characterised the university as a progressive institution are presently being produced in more politicised educational environments. Being receptive to these other modes of learning can not only expand scholarly thinking about how to reclaim intellectual life from the economy within universities, but stimulate the kind of imagination that we need for dreaming big about higher education as and for a practice of democratic life.

Journal Article Type Article
Journal Pedagogy, Culture and Society
Print ISSN 1468-1366
Electronic ISSN 1747-5104
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 22
Issue 2
APA6 Citation Amsler, S. (in press). “By ones and twos and tens”: pedagogies of possibility for democratizing higher education. Pedagogy, Culture and Society, 22(2), doi:10.1080/14681366.2013.852614
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/14681366.2013.852614
Keywords politics of education, higher education, popular education, prefigurative politics
Publisher URL http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/14681366.2013.852614
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingh.../end_user_agreement.pdf
Additional Information This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Pedagogy, Culture and Society on 31 January 2014, available online: http://www.tandfonline....0/14681366.2013.852614.

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