Making a Co-operative University: a new form of knowing – not public but social

Dr Joss Winn, University of Lincoln, College of Social Science, School of Social and Political Sciences

Prof Mike Neary, University of Lincoln, College of Social Science, Scjool of Social and Political Sciences UoL Research CoSS

 

 

 

 

Calls to establish public education avoid the fact that public education is provided by the capitalist state whose real purpose is the market-based model of private gain. Public against private education is a false dichotomy; rather, public and private are complementary forms of capitalist regulation. Radical alternatives require a more foundational critique of the structures of capitalist education, grounded in an understanding of the contradictory relationship between capital and labour on which the institutions of capitalist civilisation are based. This article suggests a counter project: not public education but social knowing as the basis for a solidaristic form of social life. Our model for social knowing starts with the idea of a co-operative university.


University of Lincoln, College of Social Science

Mike Neary, University of Lincoln, School of Social and Political Sciences

Joss Winn, University of Lincoln, School of Education