In contemporary pedagogy, "class" has become one nomadic sign among others: it has no referent but only contingent allusions to similarly traveling signs. Class, that is, no longer explains social conflicts and antagonisms rooted in social divisions of labor, but instead portrays a cultural carnival of lifestyles, consumptions, tastes, prestige and desire, or obscures social conflicts through technicist accounts of incomes and jobs.
Class in Education brings back class as a materialist analysis of social inequalities originating at the point of production and reproduced in all cultural practices. Addressing a wide range of issues – from the interpretive logic of the new humanities to racism to reading, school-level curricula to educational policy – the contributors focus on the effects that the different understandings of class have on various sites of pedagogy and open up new spaces for a materialist pedagogy and critical education in the times of globalization and the regimes of the digital.
Foreword E. San Juan, Jr. Introduction Sheila Macrine, Dave Hill and Deborah Kelsh 1. Cultureclass Deborah Kelsh 2. Hypohumanities Teresa L. Ebert and Mas’ud Zavarzadeh 3. Persistent Inequities, Obfuscating Explanations: Reinforcing the Lost Centrality of Class in Indian Educational Debates Ravi Kumar 4. Class, "Race" and State in Post-Apartheid Education Enver Motala and Salim Vally 5. Racism and Islamophobia in post 7/7 Britain: Critical Race Theory, (Xeno-) Racialization, Empire and Education: A Marxist Analysis Mike Cole and Alpesh Maisuria 6. Marxism, Critical Realism and Class: Implications for a Socialist Pedagogy Grant Banfield 7. Globalization, Class, and the Social Studies Curriculum E. Wayne Ross and Greg Queen 8. Class: The Base of All Reading Robert Faivre Afterword Peter McLaren