This work by one of North America's leading educational theorists and cultural critics culminates a decade of social analyses that focuses on the political economy of schooling, Paulo Freire and literacy education, hip-hop culture, and multicultural education. Peter McLaren also examines the work of Baudrillard as well as Bourdieu's reflexive sociology.Always in McLaren's work is a profound understanding of the relationship among advanced capitalism, the politics of knowledge, and the formation of identity. One of the central themes of this volume is the relationship between the political and the pedagogical for educators, activists, artists, and other cultural workers. McLaren argues that the central project ahead in the struggle for social justice is not so much the politics of diversity as the global decentering and dismantling of whiteness. This volume also contains an interview with the author.
Table of Contents
Foreword -- Series Editors’ Preface -- Introduction: Fashioning Los Olvidados in the Age of Cynical Reason -- Writing from the Margins: Geographies of Identity, Pedagogy, and Power -- Liberatory Politics and Higher Education: A Freirean Perspective -- The Ethnographer as Postmodern Flâneur: Critical Reflexivity and Posthybridity as Narrative Engagement -- Jean Baudrillard’s Chamber of Horrors: From Marxism to Terrorist Pedagogy -- Gangsta Pedagogy and Ghettocentricity: The Hip-Hop Nation as Counterpublic Sphere -- Global Politics and Local Antagonisms: Research and Practice as Dissent and Possibility -- Provisional Utopias in a Postcolonial World: An Interview with Peter McLaren -- Unthinking Whiteness, Rethinking Democracy: Critical Citizenship in Gringolandia -- Epilogue—Beyond the Threshold of Liberal Pluralism: Toward a Revolutionary Democracy -- Afterword—Multiculturalism: The Fracturing of Cultural Souls -- Credits