Teaching Against Global Capitalism and the New Imperialism: A Critical Pedagogy

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Rowman & Littlefield, 2005 - Education - 299 pages
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This book will address a number of urgent themes in education today that include multiculturalism, the politics of whiteness, the globalization of capital, neoliberalism, postmodernism, imperialism, and current debates in Marxist social theory. The above themes will be linked to critical educational praxis, particularly to teaching activities within urban schools. Finally, the book will develop the basis for a wider political project directed at resisting and transforming economic exploitation, cultural homogenization, political repression, and gender inequality. Recent and widespread scholarly attention has been given to the unabated mercilessness of global capitalism. Little opposition exists as capital runs amok, unhampered and undisturbed by the tectonic upheaval that is occurring in the geopolitical landscape that has recently witnessed the collapse of the Soviet Union and the regimes of the Eastern Bloc. As we examine education policies within the context of economic globalization, we attempt to address the extent to which the pedagogy and politics of everyday life has fallen under the sway of what we identify as cultural and economic imperialism. Finally, the book raises a number of urgent questions: What are the current limitations to educational reform efforts among the educational left? What are some of the problems associated with certain developments within postmodern education? How can a return to Marxist theory and revolutionary politics revitalize the educational left at a time when capitalism appears to be unstoppable? What actions need to be taken in both local and global arenas to overcome the exploitation that the globalization of capital has wreaked upon the world?

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Peter McLaren is professor of education at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is the author and editor of over forty books published in fifteen languages, including Life in Schools; Critical Pedagogy and Predatory Culture; Revolutionary Multiculturalism; Che Guevara, Paulo Freire, and the Pedagogy of Revolution; and the forthcoming Capitalists and Conquerors: Teaching against Empire.

Ramin Farahmandpur is an assistant professor in the Department of Educational Policy, Foundations, and Administrative Studies at Portland State University. His research in education encompasses globalization, imperialism, neoliberalism, Marxism, and critical pedagogy.

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