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Mike Cole on Marx and ‘Capital’

My friend Mike Cole has an excellent reflective review of Capital: Volume 1 by Karl Marx in this week’s Times Higher Education.

I was particularly struck with how Mike started the article with an autobiographical note on how he read Capital: Volume 1 under the tutelage of Tom Bottomore for his Masters degree, and then moved on to outlining some of Marx’s key ideas. As someone interested in Marxist educational theory, I also appreciated how Mike made clear the significance of labour power for Marx’s theory of exploitation in capitalist society. I have explored the role of education and training in the social production of labour power in capitalism for many years now*.

You can see Mike’s reflective review at: http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/story.asp?sectioncode=26&storycode=407196&c=2

* See, Online Publications by Glenn Rikowski, at: http://www.flowideas.co.uk/?page=pub&sub=Online%20Publications%20Glenn%20Rikowski

Professor Mike Cole is Director of the Centre for Education for Social Justice, Bishop Grosseteste University College Lincoln. He is author of Marxism and Educational Theory: Origins and Issues (2008) and Critical Race Theory and Education: A Marxist Response (2009).

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Critical Race Theory in the UK: What is to be learnt? What is to be done?

 

 

Thursday 25th & Friday 26th June 2009

The Institute of Education

University of London

20 Bedford Way

London WC1

 

 

Full attendance: £80 inc. VAT

 

 

Keynotes include:

 

Richard Delgado

Jean Stefancic

Kevin Hylton

 

 

… With a Panel for Discussion including David Gillborn and Ann Phoenix

 

 

Whether you are new to CRT or have some experience of this emerging critical framework this major conference intends to consider the relevance of CRT to our understanding of core issues concerning ‘race’, racism, racialisation, gender, class, sexuality, age and disability in UK higher education.

 

 

Papers might explore the following:

 

·         What is the place for CRT in social theory?

·         How should we theorise ‘race’, racism and racialisation?

·         Do we need to privilege the black voice in the academy?

·         How does ‘race’ interrelate with other social inequalities?

·         Is the classroom a site for antiracist education?

 

 

This conference is being held in conjunction with the support of:

The Institute of Education, University of London

The British Sociological Association

The Centre for Research into Diversity in the Professions, Leeds Metropolitan University

 

 

In case of queries, please contact Frances Worrall:

Tel: 0121 414 2995

Email: f.l.worrall@bham.ac.uk

 

 

External links:

http://www.c-sap.bham.ac.uk/events/new_event.htm?id=183

 

 

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Critical Race Theory and Education: A Marxist Response

By Mike Cole

 

PB 0-230-61335-7 $28.95

HB 0-230-60845-0 $84.95

http://www.us.macmillan.com

 

The problem of the Twentieth Century is the problem of the color-line.”—W.E.B. Dubois

 

“The history of all hitherto existing society is the history of class struggles.”—Karl Marx

 

 

Book description:

Critical Race Theory (CRT) in the realm of Education has a long history in the US, and is now a bourgeoning field of enquiry in the UK. Critical Race Theory and Education is the first book-length response to CRT from a Marxist perspective. It looks at CRT’s origins in Critical Legal Studies, critiques the work of major US and UK Critical Race Theorists and also looks at some of CRT’s strengths. CRT and Marxism are contextualized with respect to both neo-liberal global capitalism and imperialism and to antiracist socialist developments in South America. The book concludes with some suggestions for classroom practice.

Endorsements:

“Through an insightful and provocative analysis, Cole offers a bold interrogation into the ideological underpinnings of CRT, as well as a clear and useful alternative based on recent developments in Marxist theory. Critical Race Theory and Education is sure to spark renewed transatlantic debates regarding ‘race’, not only within education, but also in other fields of study, where a 21st Century understanding of racism is imperative to the transformation of material conditions of inequality and the destructive impact of global capital” – Antonia Darder and Rudolfo D. Torres, authors of After Race: Racism after Multiculturalism.

“Any movement would be fortunate to have the meticulous but wide-ranging criticism that Cole offers. This volume is a welcome contribution that comes at an especially good time, as critical race theory jumps the Atlantic and expands into fields outside law, such as education” – Richard Delgado, University Professor of Law, Seattle University, and author of Critical Race Theory: An Introduction and The Rodrigo Chronicles.

Author Biography:

Mike Cole is Research Professor in Education and Equality, Head of Research and Director of the Centre for Education for Social Justice at Bishop Grosseteste University College Lincoln, UK. He is the author of Marxism and Educational Theory: Origins and Issues, (2008), and the editor of Professional Attributes and Practice for Student Teachers, 4th Edition (2008), and Education, Equality and Human Rights, 2nd Edition (2006). He is the editor of Promoting Equality in Secondary/High Schools (forthcoming 2009).

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The Rikowski web site, The Flow of Ideas is at: http://www.flowideas.co.uk