Aziz Choudry & Salim Vally book chapter, "History's Schools: Past Struggles and Present Realities", available via South African History Online

Published: 30 April 2018

HomeThe website of South African History Online has made the first chapter of Aziz Choudry and Salim Vally's recent co-edited book, Reflections on Knowledge, Learning and Social Movements: History's Schools, available online at no cost. The chapter, "History’s schools: Past Struggles and Present Realities," can be read online by following this link.

The book, published in late 2017 by Routledge, includes 15 chapters that respond to the following challenges:

  • How do educators and activists in today’s struggles for change use historical materials from earlier periods of organizing for political education? 
  • How do they create and engage with independent and often informal archives and debates?
  • How do they ultimately connect this historical knowledge with contemporary struggles?

Six chapters provide insights from the progressive and activist social movements of South Africa. The book project is one component of Aziz Choudry's Canada Research Chair program on social movement learning and knowledge production. All royalties from the book are being donated to the Immigrant Workers Centre, Montreal. For more information, or to purchase Reflections on Knowledge, Learning and Social Movements: History's Schools, please visit Routledge Publishers online.

Aziz Choudry is Associate Professor in the Department of Integrated Studies in Education at McGill University and a visiting professor at the Faculty of Education, University of Johannesburg, where he is affiliated to the Centre for Education Rights and Transformation. He is author or co-author of several books including Learning Activism: The Intellectual Life of Contemporary Social Movements (University of Toronto Press, 2015), and co-editor of Learning from the Ground Up: Global Perspectives on Social Movements and Knowledge Production (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010), Just Work? Migrant Workers’ Struggles Today (Pluto Press, 2015) and Unfree Labour? Struggles of Migrant and Immigrant Workers in Canada (2016, PM Press). Choudry serves on the boards of the Immigrant Workers Centre, Montreal and the Global Justice Ecology Project.

[read "History’s schools: Past Struggles and Present Realities," South African History Online,]

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