Book Review: Liberating Service Learning and the Rest of Higher Education Community Engagement

Barbara Jacoby


The title and purpose of this book, Liberating Service-Learning and the Rest of Higher Education Civic Engagement, is an intentional double entendre. On the one hand, Stoecker seeks a form of service learning that “liberates” all those who are involved in it, whether they are inside or outside of higher education. In the second sense, Stoecker aims to liberate institutionalized service learning’s lack of significant accomplishments both in educating students and in enhancing communities. Stoecker proposes liberating service learning by making its current theory explicit, deconstructing it, and then building a new theory that leads to a new practice that yields different and better results.


civic engagement, social change, neoliberalism, collectivity, community

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