Learning hope: an epistemology of possibility for advanced capitalist society

Amsler, Sarah (2016) Learning hope: an epistemology of possibility for advanced capitalist society. In: Social sciences for an other politics: women theorizing without parachutes. Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 978-3-319-47775-6

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Drawing on the critical theories of Ernst Bloch and Boaventura de Sousa Santos, as well as on the knowledge and learning practices of counter-capitalist social movements, Amsler’s chapter offers a reading of political hopelessness amongst educators in England through a critical epistemology which discloses it as ‘unfinished’ and potent material within a global politics of possibility. She invokes methods from Bloch’s critical process-philosophy of ‘learning hope’ which allows for three reality-shifting operations: (1) the making of distinctions between what is ‘not’, ‘not-yet’ and ‘nothing’ in experience and historical process; (2) identifying and creating ‘fronts’ of possibility for mediating reality in concretely utopian ways; and (3) the recognition of a multiplicity of anti-hegemonic scales and modes of transformation, and explains why these matter in movements not just for social change but for the immanent creation of an other reality.

Item Type: Book Section
RIS ID: https://nottingham-repository.worktribe.com/output/833223
Additional Information: This extract is taken from the author's original manuscript and has not been edited. The definitive, published, version of record is available here: http://www.palgrave.com/gb/book/9783319477756.
Keywords: Bloch, Ernst; Critical epistemology; Education, politics of; Hope, learning; Pedagogy, critical; Possibility, politics of; Santos, Boaventura de Sousa
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Education
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-47776-3_2
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Depositing User: Amsler, Sarah
Date Deposited: 14 Sep 2017 09:33
Last Modified: 04 May 2020 18:25
URI: https://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/46124

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