Student Revolt recommended reading list

With the release of our latest title, Student Revolt, this October and the beginning of the new academic year, we thought it timely to reflect on the history and meaning of the student movement. This book list provides a further look at the topic of student protest and activism mainly in a global context. As Student Revolt primarily focuses on the experiences of those witnessing and involved in the 2010 protests in the UK, it is good to understand how can be placed in the history of student struggle throughout the world.


Student Resistance: A History of the Unruly Subject, (Routledge, 2001).

This book provides a chronological introduction and concise history of student resistance all around the globe. Presented in an accessible fashion, Student Resistance seeks to connect the academic history of the student movement with the general public. Covering from the rise of student movements with the creation of universities themselves all the way to student unrest in the new millennium, this book is a brilliant introduction to the topic.

‘On the Poverty of Student Life’, (U.N.E.F. Strasbourg, 1966). Free to read online here.

This short pamphlet was published by students at the University of Strasbourg and members of the Situationalist International in 1966. After its publication and dissemination, the student union was promptly shut down. The pamphlet not only addresses the actual problems of student life and universities, but also the problem with the students themselves. Many of the issues raised here resonate today, particularly in the face of an often ineffective student movement.

Speaking of Universities, (Verso, 2017).

Nowadays, universities often behave far more like businesses competing in a global marketplace than centres of learning. As neoliberal values continue to dominate our places of education, this book challenges this ongoing narrative which allows us to push for a better alternative.

Springtime: The New Student Rebellion, (Verso, 2011).

This book provides a more global take on the themes of Student Revolt as the experience of the student movement across the world in 2010 is explored. The editors attempt to show how these protests developed and spread from Athens to Rome, and San Francisco to London. Placing these events in a global context is the perfect accompaniment to Student Revolt, as Springtime also utilises a number of first-person accounts.

Protests in the Streets, (Hackett Publishing Company, 2016).

Next year marks 50 years since the highly influential protests of 1968, of which students played a pivotal role. This book places these events, typically thought of as only in Paris or Prague, in a far wider context as it looks at the development of this movement globally. In addition, this book attempts to also understand the far-reaching effects of this year of protest as it still shakes the world today.