Marxism Against Postmodernism in Educational Theory

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Dave Hill, Peter McLaren, Mike Cole, Glenn Rikowski
Lexington Books, Dec 11, 2002 - Education - 364 pages
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Postmodernism has become the orthodoxy in educational theory. It heralds the end of grand theories like Marxism and liberalism, scorning any notion of a united feminist challenge to patriachy, of united anti-racist struggle, and of united working-class movements against capitalist exploitation and oppression. For postmodernists, the world is fragmented, history is ended, and all struggles are local and particularistic. Written by internationally renowned British and American educational theorists Marxism Against Postmodernism in Educational Theory—a substantially revised edition of the original 1999 work Postmodernism in Educational Theory—critically examines the infusion of postmodernism and theories of postmodernity into educational theory, policy, and research. The writers argue that postmodernism provides neither a viable educational politics, nor the foundation for effective radical educational practice and offer an alternative 'politics of human resistance' which puts the challenge to capitalism firmly on the agenda of educational theory, politics, and practice.
 

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Dave Hill is Senior Lecturer in Educational Studies at University College Northampton, UK. Peter McLaren is a professor in the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at UCLA. Mike Cole is Senior Lecturer in the School of Education at the University of Brighton, UK. Glenn Rikowski is Senior Research Fellow in Lifelong Learning in the Faculty of Education at the University of Central England.

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