Seeking Democracy in American Schools: Countering Epistemic Violence Through Revolutionary Critical Pedagogy

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Seeking Democracy in American Schools: Countering Epistemic Violence Through Revolutionary Critical Pedagogy

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This chapter begins by describing how America's ideal of democracy is impossible under today's capitalist system that denies human beings access to true equality and freedom. The authors then explore how schools--organized according to the competition and self-centered individualism of capitalism--teach children to believe in a superficial form of "multiculturalism" through a process of epistemic violence that denies them an understanding of how knowledge is produced according to power relations. Finally, this chapter explains how revolutionary critical pedagogy can help counter such epistemic violence and shallow multiculturalism, and offers suggestions for what real teachers can do in their own schools today.

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978-1-60752-422-9

Publication Date

2010

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Information Age Publishing

City

Charlotte, NC

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Bilingual, Multilingual, and Multicultural Education | Curriculum and Social Inquiry | Education | Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Research

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In Farideh Salili and Rumjahn Hoosain (Eds.), Democracy and Multicultural Education. Dr. McLaren's chapter begins on page 99.

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Seeking Democracy in American Schools: Countering Epistemic Violence Through Revolutionary Critical Pedagogy

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