Educational Partnerships for Social Justice and Community Empowerment

  • Jo Williams
Part of the Palgrave Critical University Studies book series (PCU)


In the context of neoliberal hegemony in policy, and an ever-narrowing view of education as simply ‘market advantage’, what are the possibilities for educational collaboration for social justice? This chapter draws on data from a doctoral study which critiqued the neoliberal character of partnerships in education and explored possibilities for collaboration. Roundtables with educators, parents, community members and education activists provided rich, grassroots perspectives on everyday educational practice, and suggested a need for critical, anti-corporatist partnerships based on collaboration which privileges grassroots knowledge, solidarity, struggle and critical consciousness. Some lines of development are proposed for how we might contribute to such practice, reflecting on our struggles, past lessons, and inspiration, to develop strategic perspectives for community driven, subversive university partnerships for social justice.


Partnerships Neoliberalism Solidarity Freirean praxis Conscientisation Memoria viva 


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  • Jo Williams
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  1. 1.Deakin UniversityMelbourneAustralia

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