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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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Malott, Curry Stephenson. Marx, capital, and education: towards a critical pedagogy of becoming / Curry Stephenson Malott, Derek R. Ford. pages cm. – (Education and Struggle: Narrative, Dialogue and the Political Production of Meaning; v. 5) Includes bibliographical references and index. 1. Critical pedagogy. 2. Capitalism and education. 3. Marx, Karl, 1818–1883. I. Ford, Derek R. II. Title. LC196.M22 370.11’5–dc23 2015009636 ISBN 978-1-4331-3112-7 (Hardcover) ISBN 978-1-4331-3111-0 (Paperback) ISBN 978-1-4539-1602-5 (e-book) ISSN 2168-6432 Bibliographic information published by Die Deutsche Nationalbibliothek. Die Deutsche Nationalbibliothek lists this publication in the “Deutsche Nationalbibliografie”; detailed bibliographic data are available on the Internet at Cover art: “Cracked Grid” by Sarah Pfohl © 2015 Peter Lang Publishing, Inc., New York 29 Broadway, 18th floor, New York, NY 10006 www.peterlang.comAll rights reserved. Reprint or reproduction, even partially, in all forms such as microfilm, xerography, microfiche, microcard, and offset strictly prohibited.

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