||This book focuses on two of the most cited figures in the debate on radical education -- Antonio Gramsci and Paulo Freire. Both regarded forms of adult education as having an important role to play in the struggle for liberation from oppression. In this book Peter Mayo examines the extent to which their combined insights can provide the foundation for a theory for our own times of transformative adult education. He focuses on three aspects of the pedagogical process in particular -- social relations, sites of practice and the content of adult education. He analyses their ideas and identifies some of the limitations in their work, notably the critical issues of gender and race which they do not address.
The book concludes with a seminal attempt at synthesising their ideas in the context of other adult educators' more recent contributions in order to develop a theory of transformative adult education, including an assessment of its feasibility in the era of globalisation and neoliberalism.
'The notion of a synthesis between Gramsci and Freire in relation to adult education is a complex one and Peter Mayo steers a coherent and insightful route through it' - Professor Sallie Westwood, University of Leicester
'Anyone interested in progressive social change will gain new insights from this book' - Professor David W. Livingstone, OISE, University of Toronto
'There is something valuable on every page. Gramsci and Freire make the road by walking and Mayo in his own right reveals the road ahead' - Professor Ira Shor, College of Staten Island, New York and leading writer on critical pedagogy
'The needs and aspirations of society are nowadays defined in purely economistic terms; education has been reduced to training and the acquisition of marketable skills. To combat this tendency, Peter Mayo engages in a critical reflection on the alternative visions of Gramsci and Freire' - Professor Joseph A Buttigieg, University of Notre Dame
'A fascinating book with originality, depth and rigour -- a ‘must’ read' - Professor Carlos Alberto Torres, University of California, Los Angeles
2. Antonio Gramsci and Adult Education
3. Paulo Freire and Adult Education
4. A Comparative Analysis of Gramsci and Freire with respect to Adult Education
5. Some of the Limitations in Gramsci and Freire for a Conemporary Project
6. A Gramscian-Freirian Synthesis and Beyond
7. Conclusion: When Might it Work? Transformative Adult Education in Context
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