A Pedagogy of Anticapitalist Antiracism

Whiteness, Neoliberalism, and Resistance in Education

By Zachary A. Casey

Subjects: Education, Teaching And Learning, African American Studies, Social Change, Social Context Of Education
Paperback : 9781438463063, 236 pages, July 2017
Hardcover : 9781438463056, 236 pages, December 2016

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Table of contents


1. How My Family and I Became White: Introducing the Task at Hand

2. Freirean Critical Study

3. Marx, Marxism, and Me

4. White Racial Identity in the United States: A Conceptual History

5. The Impossibility of Whiteness: On White Privilege and Race Treason

6. Whiteness, Nationalism, and Neoliberal Capitalism

7. Professionalizing the Teaching Force: Neoliberalism and the Complicity of Teacher Education

8. Anticapitalist Antiracist Pedagogy in the Classroom: A Pedagogical Framework

9. Anticapitalist Antiracist Pedagogy as a Programmatic Vision for Teacher Education


Argues that the economic system itself is culpable in maintaining our oppressive educational status quo.


Winner of the 2018 Outstanding Book Award presented by the Society of Professors of Education

Through an analysis of whiteness, capitalism, and teacher education, A Pedagogy of Anticapitalist Antiracism sheds light on the current conditions of public education in the United States. We have created an environment wherein market-based logics of efficiency, lowering costs, and increasing returns have worked to disadvantage those populations most in need of educational opportunities that work to combat poverty. This book traces the history of whiteness in the United States with an explicit emphasis on the ways in which the economic system of capitalism functions to maintain historical practices that function in racist ways. Practitioners and researchers alike will find important insights into the ways that the history of white racial identity and capitalism in the United States impact our present reality in schools. Casey concludes with a discussion of "revolutionary hope" and possibilities for resistance to the barrage of dehumanizing reforms and privatization engulfing much of the contemporary educational landscape.

Zachary A. Casey is Assistant Professor of Educational Studies at Rhodes College.


"This book is groundbreaking. It stands alone in its sophisticated use and explanation of theory, praxis, and their interrelationship in the field of critical whiteness studies." — Jeremy N. Price, author of Against the Odds: The Meaning of School and Relationships in the Lives of Six Young African-American Men