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Tomorrow we live: fascist visions of education in 1930s Britain

Fisher, Pamela and Fisher, Roy (2009) Tomorrow we live: fascist visions of education in 1930s Britain. British journal of sociology of education, 30 (1). pp. 71-82. ISSN 0142-5692

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Abstract

The present paper explores the fascist vision for education in 1930s Britain through the presentation of extracts from official publications of the British Union of Fascists (BUF), as well as from the writings of Party members. The paper presents a socio-historical study of British adherents to fascism and provides an account of their thinking in relation to education and schooling, exposing a milieu of ideologues, Party functionaries and serving teachers who were animated by their political commitment. Following a brief outline of the early years of British fascism, there is an account of some key members and their educational ideas, followed by a discussion of the BUF's educational policies and of its approach to internal education and training. The orientation of the BUF and its membership to education, and the Party's formulated policies in this field present a modernist vision that was calculated to have particular appeal to educational professionals. There is a consideration, through memoirs, of the experiences of two BUF members who were teachers. The paper reveals a relatively hidden episode in the social history of British educational politics; one that contained paradoxes of intent and outcome, and of means and ends, when ostensibly progressive and socially elevating concepts were employed in ways that had an ultimately destructive impact on individuals, both personally and professionally, as well as on whole societies.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: L Education > LA History of education
D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D204 Modern History
D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
Schools: School of Education and Professional Development
School of Education and Professional Development > Centre of Lifelong Learning and Social Justice
School of Education and Professional Development > Centre of Lifelong Learning and Social Justice > Teaching, Public Pedagogies and Professionalism Research Group
School of Education and Professional Development > Centre of Lifelong Learning and Social Justice > Social Cohesion Research Group
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Depositing User: Cherry Edmunds
Date Deposited: 12 Feb 2009 14:58
Last Modified: 28 Oct 2013 14:00
URI: http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/id/eprint/3348

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