Gramsci and Educational Thought

Gramsci’s entire project in the prison writings, centering on the notion of hegemony,
of which he does not provide a systematic exposition, is an educational project — education in the broadest sense possible. Education is central to the workings of hegemony in which every relationship is a pedagogical relationship. In other words, Peter Mayo to do justice to Gramsci’s writings that are of relevance to education, one should tackle Gramsci’s work holistically and not confine oneself to the track on schooling, or more precisely ‘the Unitarian school’, found in Notebook 4 and revised in Notebook 12. Gramsci’s pre-prison writings are also of great relevance here, together with some of his letters, since Gramsci accorded different forms of education, including adult education, great importance, considering their organization to be a key task of the Modern Prince that is the revolutionary party. This constitutes the subject of a well-informed chapter by John Holst, an attempt to see the several ‘altre vie’, which Gramsci explored for education, within the context of party work.


About Giorgio Bertini

Research Professor. Founder Director at Learning Change Project - Research on society, culture, art, neuroscience, cognition, critical thinking, intelligence, creativity, autopoiesis, self-organization, rhizomes, complexity, systems, networks, leadership, sustainability, thinkers, futures ++
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