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Marx, Capital, and Education

Towards a Critical Pedagogy of Becoming


Curry Stephenson Malott and Derek R. Ford

With the contradictions of capitalism heightening and intensifying, and with new social movements spreading across the globe, revolutionary transformation is once again on the agenda. For radicals, the most pressing question is: How can we transform ourselves and our world into something else, something just? In Marx, Capital, and Education, Curry Stephenson Malott and Derek R. Ford develop a «critical pedagogy of becoming» that is concerned with precisely this question. The authors boldly investigate the movement toward communism and the essential role that critical pedagogy can play in this transition. Performing a novel and educational reading of Karl Marx and radical theorists and activists, Malott and Ford present a critical understanding of the past and present, of the underlying logics and (often opaque) forces that determine the world-historical moment. Yet Malott and Ford are equally concerned with examining the specific ways in which we can teach, learn, study, and struggle ourselves beyond capitalism; how we can ultimately overthrow the existing order and institute a new mode of production and set of social relations. This incisive and timely book, penned by two militant teachers, organizers, and academics, reconfigures pedagogy and politics. Educators and organizers alike will find that it provides new ammunition in the struggle for the world that we deserve.
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Together we would first and foremost like to thank Peter McLaren for the rich body of Marxist critical pedagogy he has painstakingly produced, lived, and advocated for that gave inspiration and valuable insight into Marx, Capital, and Education. However odd it may seem, we must also thank Marx himself for the personal sacrifices he made expending his life’s labor on charting the contours and trajectories of the capitalist mode of production, making pedagogical works like this possible. We are very grateful to Michael Peters and Peter McLaren for including this book in their cutting-edge Peter Lang series, Education and Struggle. Thanks also to Dave Hill, Brad Porfilio, and Colin Jenkins for publishing earlier versions of Chapters 1, 3, 4, and 5 in the Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies, The SoJo Journal, and The Hampton Institute. We would like to thank Chris Myers for generously facilitating the publication of this manuscript. Finally, we thank all of the workers helping to produce and distribute this book.

Curry would like to thank his wife, Donna, for her love, support, and feedback through the never-ending research and writing process. He would like to acknowledge his children, Jayne and Logan, for bringing true joy and hope to an otherwise intolerable bourgeois society. Curry would also like to thank his mother, Sally, his Aunt Sue, his sisters, Hannah and Kristen, all of ← xix | xx → his many cousins, nieces, aunts, uncles and family members for his foundation and grounding. A deep thanks...

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