Epistemic Freedom in Africa, by Sabelo J. Ndlovu-Gatsheni

Epistemic Freedom in Africa is about the struggle for African people to think, theorize, interpret the world and write from where they are located, unencumbered by Eurocentrism. The imperial denial of common humanity to some human beings meant that in turn their knowledges and experiences lost their value, their epistemic virtue. Now, in the twenty-first century, … Continue reading Epistemic Freedom in Africa, by Sabelo J. Ndlovu-Gatsheni

Jacques Rancière, The Ignorant Schoolmaster, 1987

The French philosopher Jacques Rancière wrote, The Ignorant Schoolmaster: Five Lessons in Intellectual Emancipation, in 1987. In this book, Rancière builds on the method of 'intellectual emancipation' created by Joseph Jacotot who argued for a method of education that empowered students rather than teachers. Rancière agreed, argueing that the schoolmaster can even know less than … Continue reading Jacques Rancière, The Ignorant Schoolmaster, 1987

Pedagogy of the Oppressed, Paulo Freire (1968)

One of the foundational texts of critical pedagogy, Pedagogy of the Oppressed was a revolutionary text. Paulo Freire takes a hatchet to traditional methods of pedagogy with the aim of creating a new kind of education. For Freire, "Education either functions as an instrument which is used to facilitate integration of the younger generation into … Continue reading Pedagogy of the Oppressed, Paulo Freire (1968)

Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry Into the Value of Work, Matthew Crawford (2008)

Writing for Slate.com, Michael Agger introduces Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry Into the Value of Work thus: "When Matthew Crawford finished his doctorate in political philosophy at the University of Chicago, he took a job at a Washington think tank. "I was always tired," he writes, "and honestly could not see the rationale for … Continue reading Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry Into the Value of Work, Matthew Crawford (2008)

Border Country: Raymond Williams in Adult Education (1993)

Raymond Williams was a Welsh novelist, literary critic and political theorist whose work laid the foundation for cultural studies.  According to Maurice Cowling, Williams along with Eric Hobsbawm, and E. P. Thompson were the chief agents of the transformation that took place in British intellectual Left from 1965 to 1985. In this volume, editors John … Continue reading Border Country: Raymond Williams in Adult Education (1993)

The History of Doing: An Illustrated Account of Movements for Women’s Rights and Feminism in India, 1800-1990, Radha Kumar (1993)

Published in 1993, The History of Doing: An Illustrated Account of Movements for Women's Rights and Feminism in India, 1800-1990 by  Radha Kumar is a landmark work on the women's movement in India. It was brought out by Kali for Women, India's first feminist publishing house, which, along with its imprint Zubaan, has been responsible … Continue reading The History of Doing: An Illustrated Account of Movements for Women’s Rights and Feminism in India, 1800-1990, Radha Kumar (1993)