Peter McLaren's standpoint on marxism with application in information age

Hsing Fen Tsai, Chung-Ping Yang

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The most important characteristic of capitalism is that the life world is abstractly transformed into single commodity money that can be calculated. Commodity money causes capital to increase in value and become social relations with reification. In that case, the human relationship is expressed by matter to matter. However, the dignity and the value can't be shown and achieved by it. Marx had an insight into the appearance of commodities and capital masking the relationship between human beings. In other words, the capital controls our mind and behaviour. The whole world is a reversed world with reification. Marx deemed that it was capitalism to abuse and enslave the humanity, and then cause alienation. Peter McLaren who is a critical pedagogy scholar states alienation in capitalist society, and we don't find it. Therefore, we should criticize about capitalism, and investigate the conditions of reproduction for social classes, ideologies, and alienation. Finally, McLaren hopes the revolution of critical pedagogy can bring us thinking up. From his standpoint on Marxism, he stressed his revolutionary critical pedagogy to offer us to resist capitalism.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Computer Science, Environment, Ecoinformatics, and Education - International Conference, CSEE 2011, Proceedings
Number of pages5
EditionPART 4
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Sep 8
EventInternational Conference on Advances in Computer Science, Environment, Ecoinformatics, and Education, CSEE 2011 - Wuhan, China
Duration: 2011 Aug 212011 Aug 22

Publication series

NameCommunications in Computer and Information Science
NumberPART 4
Volume217 CCIS
ISSN (Print)1865-0929


OtherInternational Conference on Advances in Computer Science, Environment, Ecoinformatics, and Education, CSEE 2011

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Science(all)

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