Learning from the ground up: informal and non-formal education and action in social movement
What can we learn from a deeper engagement with the intellectual work of activists who organize for social, political, and ecological justice? Combining experiential knowledge from his own activism and a variety of social movements, Aziz Choudry suggests that such struggles are best understood if we engage with the learning, knowledge, debates, and theorizing that goes on within them. Drawing on anti-colonial, Marxist, feminist, and anti-racist perspectives on knowledge and power, his work highlights how activists and organizers learn through doing, and addresses the gap between organizing/social movement practice on the ground, critical adult education scholarship, and social movement theorizing. Examples include anti-colonial currents within global justice organizing in the Asia-Pacific, activist research and education in social movements and people's organizations in the Philippines, migrant and immigrant worker struggles in Canada, and the 2012 Quebec student strike.