Multicultural Education, Critical Pedagogy, and the Politics of Difference

Edited by Christine E. Sleeter & Peter L. McLaren

Subjects: Critical Pedagogy
Series: SUNY series, Teacher Empowerment and School Reform, SUNY series, The Social Context of Education
Paperback : 9780791425428, 480 pages, August 1995
Hardcover : 9780791425411, 480 pages, August 1995

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Table of contents

Foreword: Michael Pavel

Introduction: Exploring Connections to Build a Critical Multiculturalism.

Christine E. Sleeter and Peter L. McLaren

Part I: Context

1. White Terror and Oppositional Agency: Towards a Critical Multiculturalism.

Peter L. McLaren

2. Literacy for Stupidification: The Pedagogy of the Big Lies.

Donaldo Macedo

3. White Culture and the Politics of Racial Difference: Implications for Multiculturalism.

Stephen Haymes

4. Critical Multiculturalism and Democratic Schooling: An Interview with Peter L. McLaren and Joe Kincheloe.

Shirley R. Steinberg

Part II: Pedagogy and Theories

5. Mirror Images on Common Issues: Parallels between Multicultural Education and Critical Pedagogy.

Geneva Gay

6. From Brown Heroes and Holidays to Assimilationist Agendas: Reconsidering the Critiques of Multicultural Education.

Sonia Nieto

7. Multicultural, Critical, Feminine, and Constructive Pedagogies Seen through the Lives of Youth: A Call for the Revisioning of These and Beyond: Toward a Pedagogy for the Next Century.

John Rivera and Mary Poplin

8. The Problem with Origins: Race and the Contrapuntal Nature of the Educational Experience.

Cameron McCarthy

9. Postmodernism, the "Politically Correct," and Liberatory Pedagogy.

Carl Allsup

10. Culture as an Ongoing Dialog: Implications for Multicultural Teacher Education.

Carmen Montecinos

11. Whose Voice Is It Anyway?: Vocalizing Multicultural Analysis.

Mary Ritchie

Part III: Pedagogies in Action

12. Buscando America: The Contributions of Critical Latino Educators to the Academic Development and Empowerment of Latino Students in the U. S.

Antonia Darder

13. An African-centered Pedagogy in Dialog with Liberatory Multiculturalism.

Khaula Murtadha

14. Multicultural Education beyond the Classroom.

Evelyn Newman Phillips

15. Cultural Diversity in Higher Education: An American Indian Perspective.

Janine Pease-Windy Boy

16. Reflections on My Use of Multicultural and Critical Pedagogy When Students Are White.

Christine Sleeter


Kris D. Gutierrez

Notes on Contributors.



This book explores and expands upon linkages between multicultural education and critical pedagogy, drawing on the shared goal of challenging oppressive social relationships.

Christine E. Sleeter is Professor of Teacher Education at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, where she teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in multicultural education. She is the author of Keepers of the American Dream, editor of Empowerment Through Multicultural Education, and coeditor (with Joseph M. Larkin) of Developing Multicultural Curricula, both published by SUNY Press. She recently won the 1994 Research Award of the National Association for Multicultural Education. Peter McLaren is Associate Professor in the Graduate School of Education and Information at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is the author of Life in Schools. He is the coeditor (with Henry A. Giroux) of Critical Pedagogy, the State, and Cultural Struggle, (with Colin Lankshear) Critical Literacy: Politics, Praxis, and the Postmodern, (with James Giarelli) Critical Theory and Educational Research, all published by SUNY Press, and (with Colin Lankshear) Paulo Freire: A Critical Encounter. He is also the editor of the Internationalist Department of the International Journal of Educational Reform.


"Here is a comprehensive view of leading theories and practices of multicultural education from scholars of various racial and ethnic groups. The perspectives of those often left out of scholarly debate are well represented in this book. Those perspectives offer significant insights into the ways in which dominant ideologies and classroom practices have functioned to serve only one segment of the American population. The connections between multicultural education and critical pedagogy are brought into clear focus and illustrate how different ways of teaching and learning can benefit all students instead of just a few. " — Sandra M. Lawrence, Mount Holyoke College