Teachers as Intellectuals
“There have been no major revolutions in modern history without intellectuals; conversely there has been no major counter revolutionary movement without intellectuals.” – Edward Said
What makes an intellectual? Can teachers be considered as intellectuals? What role can they play to bring a change in society? These are some relevant questions to be discussed in the fast-changing national and international scenarios. A number of scholars, including Antonio Gramsci, Julien Benda, Edward Said and Ali Shariati, have tried to define the nature, status and role of intellectuals in society.It was Gramsci who first focused on the significant role of intellectuals and devoted a chapter for this discussion in his book, ‘The Prison Notebooks’, which is an early critique of the notion of hegemony. Gramsci considers everybody an intellectual but there is a section of people who, because of their social status, are able to perform their role. He divides intellectuals into two groups – traditional intellectuals and organic intellectuals.
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