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The University and Social Justice

The University and Social Justice

Struggles Across the Globe

Edited by Aziz Choudry, Salim Vally

Explores activist movements in higher education from around the world, and their connections to broader anti-capitalist and anti-colonial struggles.

Higher education has long been contested terrain. From student movements to staff unions, the fight for accessible, critical and quality public education has turned university campuses globally into sites of struggle.

Whether calling for the decommodification or the decolonisation of education, many of these struggles have attempted to draw on (and in turn, resonate with) longer histories of popular resistance, broader social movements and radical visions of a fairer world. In this critical collection, Aziz Choudry, Salim Vally and a host of international contributors bring grounded, analytical accounts of diverse struggles relating to higher education into conversation with each other.

Featuring contributions written by students and staff members on the frontline of struggles from 12 different countries, including Canada, Chile, France, India, Mexico, Nigeria, Occupied Palestine, the Philippines, South Africa, Turkey, the UK and the USA, the book asks what can be learned from these movements' strategies, demands and visions.

Aziz Choudry is Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair in Social Movement Learning and Knowledge Production in the Department of Integrated Studies in Education, McGill University, and Visiting Professor at the Centre for Education Rights and Transformation (CERT), University of Johannesburg. He is editor of Activists and the Surveillance State (Pluto, 2019) and co-editor of Just Work? Migrant Workers' Struggles Today (Pluto, 2016).

Salim Vally is Professor and Director of CERT, Faculty of Education, at the University of Johannesburg and the National Research Foundation - South African Research Initiative’s Chair in Community, Adult and Workers Education. He is co-editor of ion, Economy and Society (UNISA Press, 2014), and Reflections on Knowledge, Learning and Social Movements: History's Schools (Routledge, 2018).

'This rich study offers a fresh analysis of conditions of resistance and sites of struggle in the institutions of higher education. The book extends theories of learning, resistance, and social movements into the realm of the oppositional aspiration of the youth; a long overdue undertaking' - Shahrzad Mojab, co-author of 'Revolutionary Learning: Marxism, Feminism and Knowledge'

'This brilliant collection of studies on university-based activism is essential reading for anyone concerned with the state of higher education. The stories told document inspiring struggles across the globe that connect to broader social movements, and offer lessons for what needs to be done to confront the multiple crises our world faces today' - Steven J. Klees, co-editor of 'The World Bank and Education: Critiques and Alternatives'

'The transformative contributions of students and scholars across the globe are brought to life in this important collection. Carefully curated by Aziz Choudry and Salim Vally, this book offers fresh and insightful perspectives on the interface between social movements and post-secondary education' - Abigail B. Bakan, Professor, Department of Social Justice Education, OISE, University of Toronto

'This book offers us not only an important historical record of recent student mobilisations across the globe, but also a powerful resource for reimagining education as a struggle over knowledge and the future' - Arathi Sriprakash, author of 'Pedagogies for Development: The Politics and Practice of Child-Centred Education in India'

1. Studies in Struggle: Movements for Education and Social Justice - Aziz Choudry (McGill Univ., Canada) and Salim Vally (Univ. of Johannesburg, South Africa)
2. The Trajectory of the 2010 Student Movement in the UK: From Student Activism to Strikes - Jamie Woodcock (Univ. of Oxford, UK)
3. Insurgent Subjects: Student Politics, Education, and Dissent in India - Prem Kumar Vijayan (Delhi Univ., India)
4. Neoliberalism, National Security and Academic Knowledge Production in Turkey - Gülden Özcan (Univ. of Lethbridge, Canada)
5. 'Nous' Who? Racialized Social Relations and Quebec Student Movement Politics - rosalind hampton (Univ. of Toronto, Canada)
6. Learning from Chile's Student Movement: Youth Organising and Neoliberal Reaction - Javier Campos-Martinez (Univ. of Massachusetts Amherst, USA) and Dayana Olavarria (Univ. of Massachusetts Amherst, USA)
7. Resisting the US Corporate University: Palestine, Zionism and Campus Politics - Rabab Ibrahim Abdulhadi (San Francisco State Univ., USA) and Saliem Shehadeh (Univ. of California)
8. The Palestinian Student Movement and the Dialectic of Palestinian Liberation and Class Struggles - Lena Meari (Birzeit Univ., Palestine) and Rula Abu-Duhou (Birzeit Univ., Palestine)
9. The New Student Movements in Mexico in the 21st Century: #YoSoy132, Ayotzinapa and #TodosSomosPolitecnico - Alma Maldonado-Maldonado (Center for Advanced Research, Mexico) and Vania Bañuelos Astorga (CREFAL, Mexico)
10. How Did They Fight?: French Student Movements in the Late 2000s and Their Contentious Repertoire - Julie Le Mazier (Pantheon-Sorbonne Univ., France)
11. The Mustfall Mo(ve)ments and 'Publica[c]tion': Reflections on Collective Knowledge Production in South Africa - Asher Gamedze (cultural worker, South Africa) and Leigh-Ann Naidoo (Univ. of Cape Town, South Africa)
12. Revolutionary Vanguard No More?: The Student Movement and the Struggle for Education and Social Justice in Nigeria - Rhoda Nanre Nafziger (Pennsylvania State Univ., USA) and Krystal Strong (Pennsylvania State Univ., USA)
13. Postcolonial versus Transformative Education in the University of Philippines - Sarah Raymundo (Univ. of the Philippines-Diliman, Philippines) and Karlo Mikhail I. Mongaya (Univ. of the Philippines-Diliman, Philippines)
Published by Pluto Press in Feb 2020
Paperback ISBN: 9780745340685
Hardcover ISBN: 9780745340678
eBook ISBN: 9781786805751

272 pages

135mm x 215mm