Book Reviews

Officious – Josie Appleton

by on June 17, 2017

For several years Appleton has been documenting the ever-increasing reach of petty bureaucracy in the UK. She has focussed on several areas including: 'Safeguarding' and [more…]

State and Revolution. V. I. Lenin

by on April 11, 2017

This revolutionary pamphlet was written by Lenin in August and September 1917, that is between the two revolutions¬†in Russia. (The February uprising which led to [more…]

Review: Celebration of Awareness by Ivan Illich

by on November 15, 2015

This book is a collection of illich's papers and presentations on a range of themes. Quite a few concern the role of the Church in [more…]

Review of Paulo Freire’s Pedagogy of the Oppressed

by on June 7, 2012

First published in 1968 this is a world-famous work on pedagogy in the context of a struggle for liberation. The educational criticism and theory is developed in the context of a Marxist dialectic. Even outside of that political context the book still has huge value as a pointer to an approach to teaching which is based on solidarity and not manipulation and oppression.

Original Publication Date: 2010

A review and evalution of the relevance of this work to contemporary education and youth work

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Review of Ivan Illich’s seminal Deschooling Society

by on June 7, 2012

Illich's profound analysis of modern Western societies through the fulcrum of the 'manipulative institution' is as significant an analysis as that of Marx. This brief review summmarises his thought in Deschooling Society.

Original Publication Date: 2010

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A review of The Dangerous Rise in Therapeutic Education by Ecclestone and Hayes

by on June 7, 2012

The book is about the trend in education, at all levels, from primary through secondary to
FE and University towards a new prioritisation of the emotions in learning. Overall a very good depiction of how the folksy, unscientific, notions of psychotherapy are being used to build a new and disturbing kind of 'education' in Britain's state funded schools.

Original Publication Date: 2009

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