Towards a Critical Pedagogy of Becoming
Chapter 6. Connecting “Economic Bondage” to “Personified Capital”: Another Step toward a Critical Pedagogy of Becoming
The Capitalist and the Laborer
CONNECTING “ECONOMIC BOND-AGE” TO “PERSONIFIED CAPITAL”: ANOTHER STEP TOWARD A CRITICAL PEDAGOGY OF BECOMING
This chapter continues the development of a critical pedagogy by examining the economic bondage to capital via the capitalist. This project began with an engagement with Marx’s Philosophic Manuscripts and with Peter McLaren’s (2005) Marxist-Humanist revolutionary pedagogy. Specifically, Peter McLaren’s (2005) emphasis on the process of labor transcending the labor-capital relationship and in remaking the self as non alienated labor, collectively remaking society (i.e., becoming), was the foundation from which this Marxist pedagogy of becoming has been built. Central to that project has been Marx’s (1844/1988) correction of Hegel’s dialectic and his conclusion that “the outstanding thing in Hegel…is…the dialectic of negativity as the moving and generating principle” (p. 149). This negation of the negation views all entities, including capitalism, as contradictory because they embody their own negation. Capitalism, that is, possesses the potential to become its opposite. If capital’s true spirit and intent is to work laborers to death to maximize surplus labor-time—and therefore to dehumanize, fragment, and mangle the human being—then the opposite of this is a system that encourages the flourishing of human potential by abolishing surplus labor-time and educationally fostering the unification of mental labor and manual labor. ← 137 | 138 →
This chapter’s contribution to a Marxist pedagogy of becoming starts with the ways in which labor’s “economic bondage” under capitalist production relations developed not only out of feudalistic circuits of commodity...
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