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Radical childhoodsSchooling and the struggle for social change$
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Jessica Gerrard

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780719090219

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719090219.001.0001

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Radical childhoods and the struggle over education

Radical childhoods and the struggle over education

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Radical childhoods

Jessica Gerrard

Manchester University Press

This chapter compares and contrasts across the Socialist Sunday School (SSS) and Black Saturday School (BSS) movements by developing three analytic themes. These themes offer a productive pathway for conceptualising and understanding these histories as counter-publics, and for understanding the role of children's education in radical social change. First, I explore the attempt of these movements to challenge wider social inequalities and injustices through children's educational initiatives. In particular, I consider the place of childhood and youth politics in the struggles for social change. Second, the ways in which both of these radical education movements reclaimed past heritage, and asserted present and future capability, is examined. Here, the principal importance of knowledge authority and common culture in the BSS and SSS movements is considered. Third, and last, I reflect on the place of class and blackness as common markers of culture and selfhood in the SSS and BSS movements, and on the importance of developing collective identities in the struggle for social change.

Keywords:   counter-publics, children's education, childhood and youth politics, social change, class, blackness, community-based education, radical education, social inequality, injustice

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