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ERIC Number: EJ795478
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 16
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 84
ISSN: ISSN-1478-2103
Transmodernism, Marxism and Social Change: Some Implications for Teacher Education
Cole, Mike
Policy Futures in Education, v3 n1 p90-105 2005
The author first briefly outlines what he considers to be the defining features of transmodernism and its relationship both to postmodernism and to Marxism. He then suggests that transmodern interpretations of the legacy of the European invasions of the Americas are illuminating, as is Marxism, in providing an understanding of how the imperialism in which contemporary US foreign policy is currently engaged has a specific and long-standing genealogy. However, he argues that the Marxist concept of racialisation is more convincing in explaining the source of violence against the Other than the transmodern positing of "basic narcissism" as the source. Next, he contrasts the transmodern perception of liberal democracy with Marxist analyses of democratic socialism. After this, he challenges transmodernism's conception of Marxism as an imposed and utopian philosophy locked within modernism. He concludes with a consideration of the political and economic choices open to us, and, with respect to these choices, the implications of both transmodernism and Marxism for sustaining resistance to neo-liberal capitalism and US imperialism within teacher education. (Contains 11 notes.)
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom