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McLaren, P. & Farahmandpur, R. (2005). Teaching against Global Capitalism and the New Imperialism: A Critical Pedagogy. Lanham, Maryland, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. (Book Review)

Author(s): Junrui Chang | Yang Changyong

Journal: International Journal of Progressive Education
ISSN 1554-5210

Volume: 1;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 49;
Date: 2005;
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Keywords: globalization | capitalism | Marxist theory | critical pedagogy | peter mclaren

Globalization in the past decades, as an unavoidable historical phenomenon, has increased the interdependence and communication in the world, while causing serious conflicts between and in different countries, areas and races at the same time. Peter McLaren and Ramin Farahmandpur made significant contributions in their book not only to Critical Pedagogy that intends to raise learners’ critical consciousness for the struggle to challenge and transform oppressive social conditions in order to create a more egalitarian society, but also to a new globalization theory that intends to help the conscious people who strive for the struggle to gain global justice and world peace. By connecting capitalism, globalization and state-sponsored terrorism, they move from Marxist theory to critical revolutionary pedagogy, making suggestions about what teachers as transformative intellectuals should do in public schools and especially in colleges of education. By connecting globalization, imperialism, terrorism and American foreign policy, they remind teachers and students how to keep their rights in educating and learning. Furthermore, they remind the many conscious citizens how to apply democratic pressure to the government. In general, by connecting of these elements in a proper way, they opened a new perspective and initiated a new dimension for Critical Pedagogy.

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