Contesting the New

Contesting the New "Young Hegelians": Interrogating Capitalism in a World of "Difference"


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"We begin with David Harvey's scorching criticism of contemporary post-Marxist, postsocialist "Left" theory and practice since it provides an apt entry point into the main argument of our chapter, namely, the importance of resuscitating the concepts of class, class analysis, and class struggle in this age of globalized capitalism…Taking a cue from Marx and substituting "phrases" with "discourses," we contend, following Harvey, that much of what falls under the rubric of "post-al" theory and politics is rather superficial and esoteric; little more than an academic exercise of nominalism and excessive discursivism. The fetishization of language has led us willy-nilly down a path where politics takes a back seat to aesthetics, where form takes precedence over substance, and where pseudoradicalism replaces genuine political engagement with inequitable social and economic arrangements."



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


In Peter Pericles Trifonas (Ed.), Worlds of Difference: Rethinking the Ethics of Global Education for the 21st Century. Dr. McLaren's chapter begins on page 137.

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Contesting the New