Revolutionary Pedagogies: Cultural Politics, Instituting Education, and the Discourse of Theory

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UNTHINKING WHITENESS

Rearticulating Diasporic Practice

Peter McLaren

Now, this is the road that White Men tread

When they go to clean a land-Iron underfoot and the vine overhead

And the deep on either hand.

We have trod that road-and a wet and windy road-

Our chosen star for guide.

Oh, well for the world when the White Men tread

Their highway side by side!

-Rudyard Kipling (cited in Said 1985, 226)

Who can deny that the use of gunpowder against pagans is the

burning of incense to our Lord.

-Oviedo, a governor of the settlement at Hispaniola (cited in Todorov 1984, 151)


Introduction

In 1996, the following article appeared in Crosscurrents:

It was not until March 2, 1996, that the mystery surrounding Ly's murder ended. That day, police arrested Gunner Lindberg, age twenty-one, and Dominic Christopher, age seventeen, after discovering a letter that Lindberg had written to a former prison inmate in New Mexico. The letter contained graphic details about the murder, as well as the writer's apparent insolence about the whole incident. Sandwiched between birthday plans, news about a

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Acknowledgments ix
  • Introduction xi
  • I - Cultural Politics 1
  • Diasporas Old and New 3
  • Strange Fruit 30
  • All-Consuming Identities 47
  • References 59
  • The Touch of the Past 61
  • II - Instituting Education 81
  • Where a Teaching Body 83
  • Notes 106
  • Notes 112
  • Technologies of Reason 113
  • Notes 135
  • Unthinking Whiteness 140
  • Postmodern Education and Disposable Youth 174
  • Multiple Literacies and Critical Pedagogies 196
  • Notes 218
  • III - The Discourse of Theory 223
  • The Shock of the Real 225
  • References 249
  • The Limits of Dialogue as a Critical Pedagogy 251
  • The Social Sciences as Information Technology 274
  • Responsible Practices of Academic Writing 289
  • Degrees of Freedom and Deliberations of “self” 312
  • References 349
  • Permissions 353
  • Index 359
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