By Dave Beck
Drawing at the legacy of Paulo Freire and the insights of Antonio Gramsci, this booklet offers new methods of operating with groups which positioned humans on the middle of the improvement time table. additionally, it deals a powerful theoretical foundation for motion and an perception into the sensible software of renowned schooling tools and relies upon robust traditions of perform event from either the constructing and built worlds. The e-book is based in order that the speculation and perform are built-in. every one bankruptcy offers key dialogue issues, perform examples, studying actions and a precis of content material and studying issues.
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Whilst in prison Gramsci spent much of his time rethinking and writing about aspects of Marxism. His main concern was to explain why the Marxist prediction of a proletarian revolution had not happened. The core of Gramsci’s ideas can be found in Selections from the Prison Notebooks. He was released in 1934 but died shortly afterward at the age of 46. Gramsci’s contribution to Marxist thought in particular, and our understanding of society in general, was to focus on how culture and belief are created and the ways in which this shapes collective and individual action.
We would continue to make every political act a moment of poetry. If we could no longer reclaim Claremont Road, we would reclaim the streets of London. (Duncombe, 2002, p349) 36 Chapter 4 Gramsci Other activities of youth and community workers can focus on the individual: training for work, becoming healthier, or promoting mainstream social norms. All of this work should be subject to ideological debate (through a Freirean process). Such debates are essentially about exploring the hegemonic processes that have shaped the individual’s view of the world and themselves and posing alternative futures.
In each of these areas the worker must recognise the imbalance of power that could potentially result in their values and agendas being imposed on the community. As such this would be an act of cultural invasion (Freire, 1972) rather than an act of empowerment. There is a difficult balance to be struck between a non-directive approach, whereby the worker might as well not be there, to one where the community group serves to act on the worker’s pet projects. Neither of these extremes is desirable.