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ERIC Number: EJ910920
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Dec
Pages: 27
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1740-2743
A Pragmatic and Pedagogically Minded Revaluation of Historical Materialism
McNight, Andrew N.
Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies, v8 n2 p103-129 Dec 2010
In this article the author uses the context of our contemporary social climate, with its various challenges to democratic vitality and social justice, to reconstruct a theory of social progress. Specifically, he attempts a pragmatic reconstruction of Marx's historical materialism, not as a totalizing ideology, but as a method of analysis for conducting critical inquiry into the normative structures that exist within our present modes of physical and cultural production. The author's aim is to examine the relationships among various social formations, and recommend remedies to the reified cycles that potentially stifle criticality, creativity, and human solidarity. His hope is that through the construction and application of a flexible yet critical theory of analysis as a lens for cultural investigation in pedagogical spaces, and through related ethical action, we may alter our circumstances toward more just, tolerable, and stable modes of existence within our social and physical world. (Contains 12 notes.)
Institute for Education Policy Studies. University of Northampton, School of Education, Boughton Green Road, Northampton, NN2 7AL, UK. Tel: +44-1273-270943; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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