New Book

Revolutionary Learning: Marxism, Feminism and Knowledge

21st Apr 2017


Revolutionary Learning: Marxism, Feminism and Knowledge

By Sara Carpenter and Shahrzad Mojab



‘”What is critical about critical education?” ask Carpenter and Mojab in this tremendously insightful, compelling book which promises to revolutionise thinking around adult learning and education. But more than this, it offers readers carefully-crafted, sharpened tools of social analysis with which to dissect, theorize, resist and transform capitalist social relations, challenging us to re-imagine horizons of possibility that can lead to genuine human emancipation.’ – Aziz Choudry, Associate Professor, Department of Integrated Studies in Education, McGill University


‘Addresses the totality of capitalist social relations through a theoretical and historical lens, offering a fresh analysis of abstraction, ideology and critical consciousness in ways that could infuse concepts of pedagogy to advance critical education and Marxist feminist revolutionary praxis.’ – Kumkum Sangari, William F. Vilas Research Professor of English and the Humanities, Department of English, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee


‘Stands a milestone in their impressive effort to establish a Marxist feminist trend in adult education scholarship.  The text is superbly written and invites the reader into an engaging exchange on the most important theoretical development in our field today.’

John Holst, Associate Professor, Leadership, Policy and Administration, University of St Thomas



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Revolutionary Learning explores the Marxist and feminist theorisation of dialectics, praxis and consciousness in education and learning. Moving beyond previous books on Marxism and education, this groundbreaking text explores the core philosophical concepts that build the Marxist analysis of learning, extending its critique with significant implications for critical education scholarship, research and practice by drawing upon work by feminist, anti-racist and anti-colonial scholars.


The authors reconsider the contributions of Marx, Gramsci and Freire to educational theory from an explicitly feminist perspective, moving Marxist analysis of education into a more complex relation to patriarchal and imperialist capitalism. The authors’ distinctive approach moves beyond other Marxian analyses which focus on the reproductive nature of schooling and educational institutions, by expanding theorisation into domains of radical and revolutionary educational praxis.


Revolutionary Learning’s importance lies not only in its contribution to theory, but its extension into pedagogical practice with special attention to how a revolutionary critique of ideology is taken up by educators in their daily work.




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Sara Carpenter is an assistant professor in Educational Policy Studies at the University of Alberta and has worked as an adult educator in both community organisations and higher education. She is co-editor of Educating from Marx: Race, Gender, and Learning (Palgrave MacMillan, 2010).


Shahrzad Mojab is a scholar, teacher and activist. She is professor of Adult Education and Women’s Studies at OISE/University of Toronto, and the editor of Marxism and Feminism (Zed, 2015) and co-edited Educating from Marx: Race, Gender and Learning (Palgrave MacMillan, 2010).




PAPERBACK: FEBRUARY 2017 / 160 PAGES / ISBN 9780745336381 / £18.99






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