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Imagining the Impossible: Revolutionary Critical Pedagogy Against the 21st Century American Imperium

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Author(s): Valerie Scatamburlo-D’Annibale

Journal: International Journal of Progressive Education
ISSN 1554-5210

Volume: 2;
Issue: 3;
Start page: 21;
Date: 2006;
Original page

Keywords: Marxist-humanism | Peter McLaren | Revolutionary Critical Pedagogy

ABSTRACT
This article examines some of the major Marxist-humanist themes that animate the revolutionary critical pedagogy delineated by Peter McLaren in recent years. Among these themes are radical universalism, an interrogation of the capitalization and commodification of human labor, and the interrelatedness of American imperialism and neoliberal globalized capitalism. It argues that McLaren’s scholarship provides progressive educationalists with an alternative to those “post-alized” and liberal humanist versions of critical pedagogy that have virtually abandoned all forms of class analysis. It contends that revolutionary critical pedagogy offers a much-needed narrative capable of challenging the most recent manifestations of empire, wars of aggression, and exploitative capitalist relations.
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