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 decolonization 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 Bally, 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 U.S., the book asks what can be learned from these movements’ strategies, demands, and visions.
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
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 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
|1. Lessons in struggle, studies in resistance||
Aziz Choudry and Salim Vally
|2. The trajectory of the 2010 student movement in the UK: From student activism to strikes||
|3. Insurgent subjects: Student politics, education and dissent in India||
Prem Kumar Vijayan
|4. Neoliberalism, national security and academic knowledge production in Turkey||
|5. Nous who? Racialized social relations and Québec student movement politics||
|6. Learning from Chile’s student movement: Youth organising and neoliberal reaction||
Javier Campos-Martinez and Dayana Olavarria
|7. Resisting the US corporate university: Palestine, Zionism and campus politics||
Rabab Ibrahim Abdulhadi and Saliem Shehadeh
|8. The Palestinian student movement and the dialectic of Palestinian liberation and class struggles||
Lena Meari and Rula Abu Duhou
|9. The new student movements in Mexico in the twenty-first century: #YoSoy132, Ayotzinapa and #TodosSomosPolitécnico||
Alma Maldonado-Maldonado and Vania Bañuelos Astorga
|10. How did they fight? French student movements in the late 2000s and their contentious repertoire||
Julie Le Mazier
|11. The mustfall mo(ve)ments and Publica[c]tion: Reflections on collective knowledge production in South Africa||
Asher Gamedze and Leigh-Ann Naidoo
|12. Revolutionary vanguard no more? The student movement and the struggle for education and social justice in Nigeria||
Rhoda Nanre Nafziger and Krystal Strong
|13. Postcolonial and transformative education in the University of the Philippines||
Sarah Raymundo and Karlo Mikhail I. Mongaya