Toward a Theory of Race, Change, and Antiracist Education

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This article is an effort to build on academic theories of race and antiracist education. Using a Gramscian theoretical framework that emphasizes perspectives from organic intellectuals, this article puts the academic literature on race and adult education in conversation with the theory generated on race from select U.S. working-class organic intellectuals and scholar activists. The principal argument of the article, drawn from the dialectical and materialist work of select organic intellectuals and scholar activists, is that race seen as a social construct captures the subjective aspect of race but does not capture the internal relationship of the subjective aspect with the objective aspect of race. All social constructs must be seen objectively and subjectively to consider the prospects for change and antiracist adult education in specific historical and geographical contexts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)175-192
Number of pages18
JournalAdult Education Quarterly
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 1 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education


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