Materialities and Mobilities in Education

The new book I have written with Johanna Waters will be published in a few weeks. Below we have pasted a few details about the book as a whole, and the list of contents. We are particularly grateful to Ravinder Sidhu, of the University of Queensland, who kindly wrote the Afterword for us.

Materialities and Mobilities in Education develops new arguments about the ways in which educational processes can be analysed. Drawing on a recent interest in mobilities across the social sciences, and a conterminous resurgence in academic accounts of materialities, the book demonstrates how these two ostensibly differing perspectives on education might be fruitfully deployed in tandem.  Considering the interaction and convergence of materialities and mobilities, the book highlights the relationship between structural constraints and opportunities and the agency of individuals, providing a unique and essential insight into contemporary education.

Examining a range of education spaces from the formal to the informal and the different types of mobility that manifest in relation to education, the book introduces readers to a range of theoretical resources and detailed case studies used to analyse the spatiality of education from across the disciplines of human geography, education and sociology.


Chapter 1: Introduction

Chapter 2: The materiality of education

Chapter 3: Buildings and bodies

Chapter 4: Mobilities in education: movement and flows

Chapter 5: Transnational (educational) mobilities

Chapter 6: The convergence of materiality and movement

Chapter 7: Convergence within urban education

Afterword (by Ravinder Sidhu)



Student Politics and Protest – now published

spp-bookStudent Politics and Protest: International Perspectives has now been published as part of the Routledge/Society for Research into Higher Education series on Research into Higher Education. It provides the first book-length analysis of student politics within contemporary higher education, comprising contributions from a wide variety of different countries and addressing questions such as:

What roles do students’ unions play in politics today?
How successful are students in bringing about change?
In what ways are students engaged in politics and protest in contemporary society?
How does such engagement differ by national context?

Its thirteen chapters explore a number of common themes, including: the focus and nature of student politics and protest; whether students are engaging in fundamentally new forms of political activity; the characteristics of politically engaged students; the extent to which such activity can be considered to be ‘globalised’; and societal responses to political activity on the part of students.

We will be running several events to open up discussion about some of the topics covered in the book, including a seminar at the University of Surrey on 29th November, and a symposium (and formal launch of the book) at the SRHE annual conference  from 7-9th December.

Student Politics and Protest: International Perspectives

22351108924_d963009ff0I have recently sent off the final manuscript for Student Politics and Protest: International Perspectives, which will be published in the Routledge/SRHE series later on this year (probably mid-October). Thanks to all the contributing authors – putting the collection together was a very enjoyable process. I am hoping to put together a symposium at the SRHE annual conference in December to discuss some of the ideas contained in the book.

Here is the table of contents:

Chapter 1. Student Politics and Protest: an Introduction (Rachel Brooks, University of Surrey, UK)

Chapter 2. Campaigning for a Movement: Collective Identity and Student Solidarity in the 2010/11 UK Protests against Fees and Cuts (Alexander Hensby, University of Kent, UK)

Chapter 3. Student Struggles and Power Relations in Contemporary Universities. The Cases of Italy and England (Lorenzo Cini, European University Institute, Florence, Italy)

Chapter 4. Neoliberal Discourses and the Emergence of an Agentic Field: the Chilean Student Movement (Carolina Guzman Valenzuela, University of Chile, Chile)

Chapter 5. Affinities and Barricades. A Comparative Analysis of Student Organizing in Quebec and the USA (Rushdia Mehreen and Ryan Thomson, Raleigh, North Carolina, USA)

Chapter 6. Student Politics and the Value(s) of Public Welfare (Gritt Nielsen, Aarhus University, Denmark)

Chapter 7. The Politics of Higher Education Funding in the UK Student Movement 1996-2010 (Debbie McVitty, University of Bedfordshire, UK)

Chapter 8. Student Power in 21st Century Africa: The Character and Role of Student Organising (Thierry Luescher, University of the Free State, South Africa, and Manja Klemenčič, Harvard University, USA)

Chapter 9. Student Associations: The New Zealand Experience (Sylvia Nissen and Bronwyn Hayward, University of Canterbury, New Zealand)

Chapter 10. ‘If not now, then when? If not us, who?’ Understanding the Student Protest Movement in Hong Kong (Bruce Macfarlane, University of Southampton, UK)

Chapter 11. Student Mobilization during Turkey’s Gezi Resistance: From the Politics of Change to the Politics of Lifestyle (Begüm Uzun, University of Toronto, Canada)

Chapter 12. Network Formation in Student Political Worlds (Joseph Ibrahim, Leeds Beckett University, UK and Nick Crossley, University of Manchester, UK)

Chapter 13. Conclusion (Rachel Brooks, University of Surrey, UK)