DIY Activism and Critical Public Pedagogy

Year: 2019

Author: Martin, Gregory

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

DIY activist culture is believed to have contributed to the democratisation knowledge, a questioning of the status quo and new forms of public participation. Sandlin and Milam (2008) suggest that such cultural activism offers to provide rich insights into the doingor enactment of “critical public pedagogies” (p. 324). Unfortunately, literature that has explored the educational dimension of contemporary DIY activism remains under-developed (Hemphill & Leskowitz, 2012). Based upon interviews with three activists in the US and UK, this paper explores the nature and role of education in DIY activist contexts including the relevance of critical public pedagogy. It is argued that researchers interested in the possibilities and shortcomings of critical public pedagogies have much to learn from those who enact them.