This book examines three sites of pedagogical innovation, all of which are explicitly activisms against the current political and pedagogical climate. Drawing on an interdisciplinary framework including autonomous Marxism, post-anarchism, social movement theories and theories of critical pedagogy, it examines social movements though a pedagogical lens and attempts to understand how connections can be made between social movement learning and other initiatives and forms of higher learning. With studies of the London Occupy! movement; The Social Science Centre, a co-operative higher learning provider that practises popular education in city venues; and a university politically opposing the ‘student as consumer’ ethos, Spaces of Political Pedagogy connects these various projects as a continuum of educational experimentation, offering insights into the ways in which these sites practice pedagogy and the manner in which these practices could be implemented more widely to inform and improve struggles for wider social justice. As such, it will appeal to scholars of education and sociology with interests in pedagogy, social movements and activism.

chapter |11 pages


Defining the moment

chapter 1|16 pages

Sleeping on the floor and other spaces

The importance of space and place to learning

chapter 2|25 pages

Social change and the political academic

Creating a place for research in social movements

chapter 3|26 pages

Political? Pedagogical? Philosophical?

Putting the theory to work in conversation

chapter 4|36 pages

Organic education from the ground up

Stories from Occupy

chapter 5|23 pages

Becoming organised

Co-operatively organised education: stories from the Social Science Centre and higher education against neoliberalised consumerism: stories from Student as Producer

chapter 6|22 pages

In the beginning Occupy created camps

Thinking through the implications

chapter 7|9 pages

Capturing future resistance in education