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Working-class writing and publishing in the late-twentieth centuryLiterature, culture and community$
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Tom Woodin

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780719091117

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719091117.001.0001

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Chuck out the teacher: critical pedagogy in the community

Chuck out the teacher: critical pedagogy in the community

(p.142) 8 Chuck out the teacher: critical pedagogy in the community
Working-class writing and publishing in the late-twentieth century

Tom Woodin

Manchester University Press

The internal workings of working class writing and publishing groups reveals important insights about the nature of democracy. The attempt to form collective and co-operative groups that supported everyone led to an active re-making of educational relationships along democratic lines. The insistence upon equality between writers, irrespective of individual ability, was a cardinal principle. However, in a changing funding climate, workshops came under pressure to formalise relationships, professionalise and introduce management structures. This had mixed results as groups attempted to negotiate these tensions. The example of the Fed brings into question some key aspects of critical pedagogy which privileges the role of tutors and education as a whole and, in some cases, assumes that learners have internalised dominant ideas.

Keywords:   Working class, Writing, Critical pedagogy, Radical education, Learning, Organisational structures, Voluntary organisations, Power relationships, Pre-figurative democracy, Professionalisation

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