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Essay Review: A Marxist Critique of Michael Apple’s Neo-Marxist Approach to Educational Reform
Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies
  • Ramin Farahmandpur, Portland State University
Document Type
Article
Publication Date
3-1-2004
Subjects
  • Education -- Political aspects -- United States,
  • Conservatism -- United States
Abstract
This essay review examines Apple's most recent work. It begins by providing a brief historical account of Marxist educational theory since the late 1970s. Next, it offers an analysis and a critique of a number of the theoretical underpinnings of Apple's neo-Marxist approach to educational reform. These include, among others, his interpretation of Gramsci's concept of the 'commonsense' his employment of the 'decentered unity' which he identifies as an counter-hegemonic alliance among progressive forces on the left; and finally, his notion of a 'dual strategy' for building alliances between progressive forces on the left and those on the Right. Finally, it provides an alternative Marxist framework to Apple's neo-Marxist approach to educational reform.
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This is the publisher's final PDF. The article was originally published in Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies (http://www.jceps.com/?pageID=article&articleID=24)

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http://archives.pdx.edu/ds/psu/10190
Citation Information
Farahmandpur, R. (2004). A Marxist Critique of Michael Apple’s Neo-Marxist Approach to Educational Reform. Journal for Critical Educational Policy Studies, 2(1), 1-23.