Public Intellectuals, Radical Democracy and Social Movements

A Book of Interviews

by Carmel Borg (Author) Peter Mayo (Author)
Textbook XII, 214 Pages
Series: Counterpoints , Volume 276


Against a backdrop of a hegemonic, global economic arrangement that has spawned astounding disparities in wealth, this book foregrounds seventeen intellectuals who are engaged in resisting corporate values and in promoting social justice and human dignity. Ranging from socially engaged professors with a track record in grassroots involvement to popular educators, the interviewees challenge the manufactured consent produced by armies of intellectuals organic to dominant ideologies. Public Intellectuals, Radical Democracy and Social Movements reminds us that strategic silence and/or indifference reproduces a common sense arrangement where critical «reading of the world» (Freire, 1987) is relegated to the periphery.


XII, 214
ISBN (Book)
New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, Oxford, Wien, 2007. XII, 214 pp.

Biographical notes

Carmel Borg (Author) Peter Mayo (Author)

The Authors: Carmel Borg is Senior Lecturer in curriculum studies, critical pedagogy and parental issues in the Faculty of Education, University of Malta. He is the editor of the Journal of Maltese Education Research. His papers have appeared as book chapters or articles in a number of international refereed journals. His books include Gramsci and Education (co-edited with Joseph A. Buttigieg and Peter Mayo); Children and Youth at Risk: Narratives of Hope (co-edited with Colin Calleja) and Learning and Social Difference (co-authored with Peter Mayo). Peter Mayo is the author of numerous papers and several books on different aspects of lifelong learning. His books include Gramsci, Freire and Adult Education; Liberating Praxis: Paulo Freire’s Legacy for Radical Education and Politics (AESA Critics Choice Award Winner) and Learning and Social Difference (co-authored with Carmel Borg). He worked in both initial and adult education prior to taking up his current appointment in adult education at the University of Malta.


Title: Public Intellectuals, Radical Democracy and Social Movements