Leaders in Critical Pedagogy

Narratives for Understanding and Solidarity

  • Brad J. Porfilio
  • Derek R. Ford

Part of the Leaders in Educational Studies book series (LES)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvi
  2. William M. Reynolds
    Pages 1-15
  3. Sonia Nieto
    Pages 37-48
  4. Noah De Lissovoy
    Pages 49-59
  5. Curry Stephenson Malott
    Pages 61-79
  6. Jennifer M. Gore
    Pages 81-91
  7. Peter Mayo
    Pages 93-102
  8. David Gabard
    Pages 103-113
  9. Domenica Maviglia
    Pages 115-125
  10. John M. Elmore
    Pages 157-168
  11. Michael W. Apple
    Pages 185-198
  12. Juha Suoranta
    Pages 199-209
  13. Lisa Y. Wiliam-White
    Pages 211-224
  14. Suzanne Soohoo
    Pages 225-233
  15. Sandy Grande
    Pages 235-241
  16. Back Matter
    Pages 243-246

About this book


Critical pedagogy has variously inspired, mobilized, troubled, and frustrated teachers, activists, and educational scholars for several decades now. Since its inception the field has been animated by internal antagonism and conflict, and this reality has simultaneously spread the influence of the field in and out of education and seriously challenged its status as an integral body of work. The various debates that have categorized critical pedagogy have also made it difficult for younger scholars to enter into the literature. This is the first book to survey critical pedagogy through first-hand accounts of its established and emerging leaders. While the book does indeed provide a historical exploration and documentation of the development of critical pedagogy as a contested and dynamic educational intervention—as well as analyses of that development and directions toward possible futures—it is also intended to provide an accessible and comprehensive entry point for a new generation of activists, organizers, scholars, and educators who place questions of pedagogy and social justice at the heart of their thinking and doing. “Martin Heidegger once said that Aristotle’s life could be summarized in one, short sentence ‘He was born, he thought, he died.’ Porfilio and Ford’s brilliantly curated compilation of autobiographical sketches of leaders in critical pedagogy resolutely rejects Heidegger’s reductive thesis, reminding us all that theory is grounded in the historical specificities and material contradictions of life. For those well acquainted with critical pedagogy, these theoretical memoirs grant us a unique and sometimes surprisingly intimate glimpse into the lives behind the words we know so well. But most importantly, the format of the book is an educational intervention into how critical pedagogy can be taught. While it is often the case that students find critical pedagogy dense, inaccessible, and seemingly detached from the everyday concerns of teache


Critical pedagogy Educational theory Critical studies in education Narrative Inquiry Social Justice

Editors and affiliations

  • Brad J. Porfilio
    • 1
  • Derek R. Ford
    • 2
  1. 1.California State UniversityEast BayUSA
  2. 2.Syracuse UniversityNew YorkUSA

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