Antonio Gramsci: A Pedagogy to Change the World

Book announcement

This volume provides evidence for the argument of a central place of pedagogy in the interpretation of Gramsci’s political theory. Gramsci’s view that ‘every relationship of hegemony is necessarily a pedagogical relationship’ makes it imperative to dismiss narrow and formal interpretations of his educational theories as applying to schooling only. This book argues that what is required rather is an inquiry into the Italian thinker’s broad conceptualisation of pedagogy, which he thought of as a quintessential political activity, central to understanding and transforming society.

Preceded by a broad introduction that positions Gramsci in his context and in the literature, the essays in this book critically revisit the many passages of the Prison Notebooks and pre-prison writings where Gramsci addresses the nexus between politics and pedagogy. Some essays apply those concepts to specific contexts. The book for the first time brings to the attention of an English-speaking audience voices from the current historiography in Italy and Latin America.

We are forced at regular intervals to consider how Gramsci might still be useful, in particular national territories, in an international context. How can we carry on with pessimism of the intelligence, but find some basis for optimism of the will? 

From the foreword of Anne Showstack Sassoon, Visiting Professor of Politics at the Department of Politics at Birbeck, University of London


Nico Pizzolato and John D. Holst

Nico Pizzolato is a Senior Lecturer in Global Labour Studies at Middlesex University in London.

John D. Holst is an Associate Professor in Lifelong Learning and Adult Education at the Pennsylvania State University in University Park, Pennsylvania

Table of contents

1. Gramsci, Politics and Pedagogy: An Interpretative Framework

Pizzolato, Nico & Holst, John D.


2. Gramsci, Hegemony and Educational Politics

Mayo, Peter


3. Culture, Education and Political Leadership in Gramsci’s Thought

Pagano, Riccardo


4. The Pedagogy of Praxis and the Role of Education in the Prison Notebooks

Fusaro, Diego


5. A Pedagogy for Power: Antonio Gramsci and Luis Emilio Recabarren on the Educational Role of Working-Class Organizations

Vetter, María Alicia & Holst, John D.


6. Gramsci as Theory, Pedagogy, and Strategy: Educational Lessons from the Brazilian Landless Workers Movement

Tarlau, Rebecca


7. Language, Education and European Unification: Perceptions and Reality of Global English in Italy

Carlucci, Alessandro


8. Teachers as Salaried Intellectual Workers: Are They Part of the ‘Pueblo’? An Argentinean Perspective

Hillert, Flora M.


9. Hegemony as Pedagogy: The Formation of a Collective Will and of Individual Personality According to Gramsci

Tosel, Andrè


10. A Pedagogy of the Subalterns: Gramsci and the Groups ‘on the margins of history’

Maltese, Pietro


11. Catharsis: Antonio Gramsci, Pedagogy, and the Political Independence of the Working Class

Holst, John D. and Brookfield, Stephen D.


Front Matter including the Preface can be found in attachment