Student as Producer: How Do Revolutionary Teachers Teach? [Book Abstract]

Student as Producer is a manifesto for revolutionary teaching that emerged from inside an English university at the start of the 21st century. Grounded in a pedagogy derived from Marxist social theory (Postone 1993, Clarke 1991, Dinerstein 2015, Holloway 2002), Student as Producer provides a practical and critical response to the ongoing assault on higher education by the social power of Money and regulations of the capitalist State, with a focus on Police (Neocleous 2000). This book explores the intellectual origins of Student as Producer (Benjamin 1934, Debord 1977, Weil 1952); its links with the student protests that erupted in England in 2010 and around the world,  as well as  a reflexive engagement with the work of  major writers on radical education (Freire 1970, Allman 2010, Amsler 2015, Fielding and Moss 2011, Ranciere 1991) and some of their core assumptions, e.g., democracy, freedom and equality. Student as Producer’s revolutionary curriculum is  framed around unlearning the law of labour as a critique of capitalist work and the institutions through which the law of labour is enforced, including the capitalist university (Neary and Winn 2009, Winn 2015, Hall 2014, University of Utopia n.d.). The book presents an outline for a new social institution built on study (Harney and Moten 2012), stammering (Deleuze and Guattari 1986) and the desire for communism (Endnotes 2010).

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Mike Neary was the Dean of Teaching and Learning at the University of Lincoln, 2007-2014, where he is now Professor of Sociology in the School of Social and Political Sciences. He is a founder member of the Social Science Centre, a co-operative providing free public higher education in Lincoln, England, since 2011.