Cass Books launch 25th May 2017, room ED.2.02, 17.00-19.00
Critical Race Theory and Education: a Marxist Response Revised 2nd Edition &
New Developments in Critical Race Theory and Education: Revisiting Racialized Capitalism and Socialism in Austerity
Professor Mike Cole (ICPuP)
Cass School of Education and Communities
Stratford Campus, UEL, ED.2.02
25 May 2017
With an introduction from Professor John Preston
The books address the nature of Critical Race Theory, including its origins, its varieties and its major strength. This is accompanied by a Marxist critique. Particular attention is paid to two of CRT’s major tenets, its prioritising of “race” over class and its use of “white supremacy”. Also discussed is the perceived decline of “BritiCrit.” Racialized neoliberal capitalism in the era of austerity and immiseration is also addressed as are CRT and Marxist visions of the future. With respect to educational practice, there is a consideration of multicultural and antiracist education in the UK and the US, and of CRT and Marxist suggestions for classroom practice. Moving to the global perspective, it is argued that the world has become polarised and that while discussion of democratic socialism has become more mainstream, fascistic rhetoric and narratives and neo-fascism are becoming normalised. Anything, it is concluded, is now possible.
The launch will be followed by a beer and wine reception
RVSP: Diane Sharrier, D.Sharrier@uel.ac.uk
Dr Mike Cole is Professor in Education, University of East London, Emeritus Research Professor in Education and Equality, Bishop Grosseteste University, Lincoln and Visiting Research Fellow, Centre for Social Sciences, Zaman University, Phnom Penh, Cambodia. His other recent and forthcoming books include Racism: A Critical Analysis (Pluto Press, 2016) and the edited collection, Education, Equality and Human Rights: Issues of Gender, “Race”, Sexuality, Disability and Social Class 4th Edition (Routledge, forthcoming, 2017).