This book is not easy reading, but is valuable. It is spirited challenge to soft critiques of global capitalism among many educators. The author presents less than a full account of positions with which he disagrees, and some readers may want to balance Holst with radical pluralists' and socialists' own accounts of social movement theory. The bibliographic entries on social movements and civil society and adult education's treatment of these subjects are valuable, and overall this is a well-written and timely book.
[A] unique and provocative perspective on education in America....well researched and carefully argued.
John Holst helps bring the historical materialist tradition back into the reckoning in the literature on radical and transformative adult education. This inspiring book is a must for anyone interested in the area of adult education for social transformation as part of a larger and more comprehensive struggle for economic redistribution and social justice.
Here is a bold and incisive argument, calling adult educators to account....Joining scholars like Allman and Youngman, Holst restores a robust vision of revolutionary praxis in a desperate world.
Those who espouse to be 'radical' adult educators need to get themselves a copy of John Holst's book. In a brave and unambiguous approach to civil society and social movements, Holst provides a compelling and lucid case for reasserting a Marxist socialist agenda for adult education.
Theoretically grounded in Marx, Gramsci, and Lenin, this is the book we've waited for and the book we need. The clear articulation of the relationship between social movements and civil society makes Holst's work absolutely essential reading for radical/critical educators.
This uncompromising, deeply theoretical, understandable polemic is needed for educators in classrooms, in unions, on the soap box or the internet.
Holst blends theoretical sophistication with activist momentum to argue for the enduring relevance of a socialist vision of adult education.
A brilliant contribution to the radical tradition of adult education. Holst convincingly demonstrates how progressive adult education scholars have used the writings of Marx, Gramsci, and Freire in selective and problematic ways. The author provides a thoughtful and inspirational way of returning to the fundamental ideas of these thinkers.