Policy Press

Decolonising Community Education and Development

Understanding the Past, Learning for the Future

By Marjorie Mayo

Published

Jan 1, 2025

Page count

208 pages

ISBN

978-1447367574

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Policy Press

Published

Jan 1, 2025

Page count

208 pages

ISBN

978-1447367567

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Policy Press

Published

Jan 1, 2025

Page count

208 pages

ISBN

978-1447367581

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Policy Press

It is vital that we decolonise community education and development – learning from the past in order to challenge current discrimination and oppression more effectively. In this book, Marjorie Mayo identifies ways of developing more inclusive policies and practices, working towards social justice for the future. She also tackles the pervasive influence of the ‘culture wars’ undermining work in communities, including the denial of problematic colonial legacies.

Inspired by movements such as Black Lives Matter and labour solidarity, the book includes case studies from the US, UK and the Global South, outlining the lessons that can be applied to community education and development training and practice.

Marjorie Mayo is Emeritus Professor of Community Development at Goldsmiths, University of London.

1. Introduction: Why this publication?

2. ‘Culture Wars’: their theoretical roots and their relevance for decolonisation agendas globally

3. Decolonising the curriculum across continents: whose knowledge counts?

4. Revisiting the international histories of adult community education and development

5. Sharing learning from anti-racist struggles and movements for freedom and development in South Africa and elsewhere

6. Learning together from labour movement histories of solidarity and anti-racism

7. Reflecting on experiences of municipal strategies to promote alternative forms of economic and social development in Britain and US

8. Learning through the arts, literature and film

9. Conclusions