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Pedagogy of Insurrection

From Resurrection to Revolution

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Peter McLaren

«Pedagogy of Insurrection» by Peter McLaren has won the American Educational Research Association, Division B Outstanding Book Recognition Award 2016.

Peter McLaren, named Outstanding Educator in America by the Association of Educators of Latin America and the Caribbean in 2013 and winner of numerous awards for his scholarship and international political activism, has penned another classic work with Pedagogy of Insurrection. One of the educators that Ana Maria (Nita) Araújo Freire credits as an architect of what has come to be known worldwide as critical pedagogy, and who Paulo Freire named his ‘intellectual cousin,’ McLaren has consistently produced iconoclastic work that has been heralded by educators worldwide as among some of the most significant commentary on the state of education. He is Honorary President of the Instituto McLaren de Pedagogía Crítica y Educación Popular in Ensenada, México, and Honorary Director of the Center for Critical Pedagogy Research at Northeast Normal University in China.
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Chapter 10. Deploying Guns to Expendable Communities: Bloodshed in Mexico, U.S. Imperialism and Transnational Capital—A Call for Revolutionary Critical Pedagogy (With Peter McLaren, Lilia D. Monzó and Arturo Rodriguez)

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DEPLOYING GUNS TO EXPENDABLE COMMUNITIES

Bloodshed in Mexico, U.S. Imperialism and Transnational Capital—A Call for Revolutionary Critical Pedagogy

Peter McLaren, Lilia D. Monzó and Arturo Rodriguez



The violent unanimity that pervades daily life in the U.S. with such disarming spontaneity does not affect merely those born into communities plagued by the forlorn circumstances of poverty but threatens the very fabric of our existence as a nation. Of course, we can expect to see violence escalate in this, the first generation of Americans in modern history expected to endure lower living standards than their forebears (Haque, 2013), at a time when prosperity is diminishing at an alarming rate, when economic growth is rising while living standards simultaneously fall, when master limited partnerships (or MLPs) create “pass through” companies that do not retain their savings and thus avoid corporate tax, and that have the management of big private-equity companies circumventing rules that apply to conventional public companies, and when the rich are becoming inexorably richer without creating goods of real value for the public.

Discourses of violence also appear in the academy and are sometimes carried forward by theories associated with the linguistic turn that dismiss class antagonisms (which are dependent upon the appropriation through wage labor of the surplus value over and above the cost of the production and reproduction of the laborer) and which all but dismiss class-based critique. Here scholarship...

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