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Capitalists and Conquerors: A Critical Pedagogy Against Empire

reviewed by William Ayers - December 12, 2006

coverTitle: Capitalists and Conquerors: A Critical Pedagogy Against Empire
Author(s): Peter McLaren
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield, Lanham
ISBN: 0742541932 , Pages: 368, Year: 2005
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ESSAY REVIEW Notes From A Self-Realizing, Sensuous, Species-Being ( I Think) By now Peter McLaren must be taken as more than a mere run-of-the-academy professor at the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. He’s at the very least a phenomenon—a phenomenon whose meaning is wildly contested from every side. To some, he’s a singular intellectual, a quasi-heroic figure standing up for a radical vision of critical pedagogy against the forces of reaction (as well as the fakers on the Left), while to others he’s an over-wrought blow-hard spouting slogans without much substance. To the Mexican educators who created La Fundación Peter McLaren de Pedagogía Crítica he’s something of a divine inspiration, while to the right-wing UCLA alumni who organized a campaign to drive him from the campus he’s more than a communist threat—he’s Satan himself, and they are determined to eliminate his devilish presence... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: December 12, 2006
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12888, Date Accessed: 8/5/2021 4:17:03 PM

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  • William Ayers
    University of Illinois at Chicago
    WILLIAM AYERS is Distinguished Professor of Education and Senior University Scholar at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is the founder of both the Small Schools Workshop and the Center for Youth and Society, and author of To Teach; Teaching Toward Freedom. His upcoming book, published by Beacon Press, is called Teaching The Taboo: Politics and Pedagogy in an Unjust World.
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