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Teaching against Global Capitalism and the New Imperialism

A Critical Pedagogy

Peter McLaren and Ramin Farahmandpur

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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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Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Pages: 320Size: 6 x 9
978-0-7425-1039-5 • Hardback • November 2004 • $108.00 • (£70.00)
978-0-7425-1040-1 • Paperback • November 2004 • $39.00 • (£24.95)
978-1-4616-6637-0 • eBook • November 2004 • $38.99 • (£24.95)
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.
Chapter 1 Foreword
Chapter 2 Reconsidering Marx in Post-Marxist Times: A Requiem for Postmodernism?
Chapter 3 Freire, Marx, and the New Imperialism: Toward a Revolutionary Praxis
Chapter 3 Critical Pedagogy, Postmodernism, and the Retreat from Class: Towards a Contraband Pedagogy
Chapter 4 Critical Multiculturalism and the Globalization of Capital: Some Implications for a Politics of Resistance
Chapter 6 Globalization, Class, and Multiculturalism: Fragments from a Red Notebook
Chapter 6 Teaching against Globalization and the New Imperialism: Toward a Revolutionary Pedagogy
Chapter 7 Educational Policy and the Socialist Imagination: Revolutionary Citizenship as a Pedagogy of Resistance
Chapter 9 Critical Revolutionary Pedagogy at Ground Zero: Renewing the Educational Left after September 11
Chapter 9 Teaching in and Against the Empire: Critical Pedagogy as Revolutionary Praxis
Chapter 11 Afterword
This is an instant classic! Peter McLaren and Ramin Farahmandpur move Marxism into the new millennium.
David Gabbard, East Carolina University


This latest offering by McLaren, co-authored with Ramin Farahmandpur, provides critical analysis of the relevant dimensions of Marxist theory in application to a critique of globalization. Professors of labor studies, sociology, anthropology, political science, business, and especially education, would be negligent to ignore the vital issues raised in this powerful and timely book. The call for critical revolutionary pedagogy should be heeded by educators, and they should be alarmed by the many examples provided of first amendment violations of the rights of teachers and students across America in the name of patriotism. A must-read!
Roberto Bahruth, Boise State University


In this excellent volume the authors explain why a Marxist analysis of the existing capitalist system is necessary to understand the current neoliberal assault. This book arrives just in time!
Richard Brosio, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee


At a time when the administration of Emperor Bush has taken American imperialism to new and dangerous heights and at a time when there is barely a country which has not been caught in the cross-hairs of American military might and the radical free-market ideology of corporate globalization, McLaren and Farahmandpur have fashioned a book that is a timely, critical intervention for our times. A revolutionary pedagogy of resistance has never been more needed.
Valerie Scatamburlo-D'Annibale, University of Windsor


McLaren and Farahmandpur lay bare the hollow claims of the protoganists for contemporary capitalist society and uncover the new imperialism as a key topic for education today. Another education is possible!
Glenn Rikowski, University of Northampton, UK


This is a powerful and passionate indictment of capitalism and imperialism—a necessary corrective to mainstream and fashionable postmodernist analyses that avoid and deny old-fashioned 'grand narratives' such as exploitation and class oppression.
John Marciano, State University of New York, Cortland


This is the first book of its kind in the field of education that offers a sustained Marxist critique of global capitalism and the New Imperialism.

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