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Book Review: Capitalists and Conquerors: A Critical Pedagogy Against Empire, by Peter McLaren. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2005. 368 pp., $29.95 (paper)

Book Review: Capitalists and Conquerors: A Critical Pedagogy Against Empire, by Peter McLaren. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2005. 368 pp., $29.95 (paper) John D. Holst University of St. Thomas, Minnesota Those familiar with the work of Peter McLaren know that in recent years he has moved to the left from his earlier work informed significantly by postmodernism and even more so from his earliest work informed by liberal humanism. McLaren, himself, succinctly characterizes this trajectory in the latest edition of his most famous work, Life in Schools, by saying that he has gone from being a liberal humanist to being a Marxist Humanist. Excluding the introduction, Capitalists and Conquerors contains eight essays; one originally published in 1998 and the others originally published in 2003 and 2004. Three of the eight essays center on strong critiques of the various policies and actions of the Bush administration; one essay represents McLaren's first foray into ecological issues from an ecosocialist perspective; and the remaining four essays expound on what McLaren, bor- rowing from adult educator Paula Allman, calls revolutionary critical pedagogy. These four essays, in my opinion, are where the reader will find the strongest contributions that McLaren's Marxist Humanist approach makes to key issues facing adult educators today. Early in the text, McLaren poses the unifying question around which the various chapters http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Adult Education Quarterly SAGE

Book Review: Capitalists and Conquerors: A Critical Pedagogy Against Empire, by Peter McLaren. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2005. 368 pp., $29.95 (paper)

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John D. Holst University of St. Thomas, Minnesota Those familiar with the work of Peter McLaren know that in recent years he has moved to the left from his earlier work informed significantly by postmodernism and even more so from his earliest work informed by liberal humanism. McLaren, himself, succinctly characterizes this trajectory in the latest edition of his most famous work, Life in Schools, by saying that he has gone from being a liberal humanist to being a Marxist Humanist. Excluding the introduction, Capitalists and Conquerors contains eight essays; one originally published in 1998 and the others originally published in 2003 and 2004. Three of the eight essays center on strong critiques of the various policies and actions of the Bush administration; one essay represents McLaren's first foray into ecological issues from an ecosocialist perspective; and the remaining four essays expound on what McLaren, bor- rowing from adult educator Paula Allman, calls revolutionary critical pedagogy. These four essays, in my opinion, are where the reader will find the strongest contributions that McLaren's Marxist Humanist approach makes to key issues facing adult educators today. Early in the text, McLaren poses the unifying question around which the various chapters
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