Bristol Conversations in Education - En Nuestras Manos: Neoliberal Crisis and the Contentious Rise of Community-Based Schooling in Argentina (KCS)
Dr. Kai A. Heidemann Assistant Professor, University College Maastricht, Maastricht University, Netherlands
Helen Wodehouse Lecture Theatre, 35 Berkeley Square
This event is part of the Graduate School of Education's 'Bristol Conversations in Education' seminar series.
Drawing from an ongoing multi-year research project, this talk explores how progressive grassroots actors in Buenos Aires (Argentina) mobilized amid the context of a severe national crisis in the early 2000s so as to create an alternative network of community-based schools, commonly referred to ‘escuelas cooperativas’ or ‘escuelas de gestion social’. Although these heterogeneous schools existed in various forms within Argentina for several decades, community-based schooling experienced a veritable explosion in the years immediately following a massive politico-economic crisis and corresponding wave of public protest in 2001-02. At the core of this community-based schooling 'movement' are deep-seated critiques of neoliberalism and popular concerns for democratisation, self-determination and social justice. Merging the sociology of education with social movement theory, this talk takes a look at the blend of micro- and macro-level processes which fuelled the emergence and expansion of the community-based schooling movement. Particular attention is paid to the discursive and organisational practices mobilised by grassroots proponents of community-based schooling as well as the ways in which these actors engaged with broader political processes linked to a legacy of neoliberal governance. By way of conclusion, the broader-level significance of the Argentine case is considered in light of a wider global context of community-driven education reform movements.
There will be refreshments available before the event.