John Dewey and Antonio Gramsci: thinkers for our times

Hinchliffe, Geoffrey (2016) John Dewey and Antonio Gramsci: thinkers for our times. In: Dewey's 'Democracy and Education' 100 years on:, 2016-09-28 - 2016-10-01, Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge.

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The lives of John Dewey (1859-1952) and Antonio Gramsci (1891-1937) could not be of greater contrast in their personal circumstances; the one led a long, active, healthy and free life, whilst the other struggled in difficult social and political circumstances, suffered from ill-health and spent the last 10 years of his life in prison where he nevertheless succeeded in writing on history and philosophy. What makes a comparison fruitful is that both identified the central role that education plays in building a democratic way of life. Their very different experiences, both personal and political form the basis for more than merely a textual comparison: for we can read Gramsci’s Selections from Prison Notebooks against Democracy and Education and vice-versa. Arguably, a comprehensive account of the role of education in democratic life needs to take account ideas from both texts – not as forming a convenient unity but rather as a tension that informs our reflective practice.

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Additional Information: Paper submitted and read at the Dewey Conference in Cambridge, Sept 2016. It compares the political and educational theories of Dewey and Gramsci. As yet, unpublished.
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Education and Lifelong Learning
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Groups > Research in Higher Education and Society
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Date Deposited: 19 Jul 2017 05:08
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