Raymond Williams was a Welsh novelist, literary critic and political theorist whose work laid the foundation for cultural studies.  According to Maurice Cowling, Williams along with Eric Hobsbawm, and E. P. Thompson were the chief agents of the transformation that took place in British intellectual Left from 1965 to 1985.

John Dewey remains an influential philosopher and thinker today. This seminal book along with his other works like My Pedagogic Creed (1897), The School and Society (1900), The Child and the Curriculum (1902) and Experience and Education (1938) lays the groundwork for so much of the progressive thinking around education that has happened over the last century, especially in North America.

DeSchooling Society was the first book of the 20th century iconoclast, Ivan Illich. Though he was born in Vienna, he became a Roman Catholic priest and spent most of his life working in Puerto Rico and Mexico.

One of the foundational texts of critical pedagogy, Pedagogy of the Oppressed was a revolutionary text. Paulo Freire takes a hatchet to traditional methods of pedagogy with the aim of creating a new kind of education.

Writing for, Michael Agger introduces Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry Into the Value of Work thus: “When Matthew Crawford finished his doctorate in political philosophy at the University of Chicago, he took a job at a Washington think tank.

Published in 1993, The History of Doing: An Illustrated Account of Movements for Women’s Rights and Feminism in India, 1800-1990 by  Radha Kumar is a landmark work on the women’s movement in India. It was brought out by Kali for Women, India’s first feminist publishing house, which, along with its imprint Zubaan, has been responsible for some of the finest scholarship on women in South Asia.