Social co-operatives and the democratisation of higher education

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2017

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This paper develops a critical analysis of ‘intellectual leadership’ in the University, and identifies on-going efforts from around the world to create alternative models for organising HE and the production of knowledge. It offers the potential for developing an alternative conception of the role and purpose of HE that is rooted in the idea of ‘mass intellectuality’. This takes experiences and views from inside and beyond the structures of mainstream HE, in order to reflect critically on efforts to create really existing alternatives.

In the process the authors ask if it is possible to re-imagine the University democratically and co-operatively? If so, what are the implications for leadership not just within the University but also in terms of higher education’s relationship to society? The authors argue that an alternative role and purpose is required, based upon the real possibility of democracy in learning and the production of knowledge. Thus, the paper concludes with a critical-practical response grounded in the form of ‘co-operative higher education’. This rests on the assertion that ‘social co-operatives’ offer an organizational form that values democratic participation and decision-making and would constitute the university as a social form of mass intellectuality re-appropriated by the producers of knowledge.

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Higher Education, Co-operatives, Educational Leadership, Intellectual leadership, mass intellectuality

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Hall, R., and Winn, J. (2017) Social co-operatives and the democratisation of higher education. In: The Co-operative Education and Research Conference, 5-6 April 2017, Manchester, UK.

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Institute for Research in Criminology, Community, Education and Social Justice
Centre for Urban Research on Austerity (CURA)