Key Works in Critical Pedagogy

Volume 32 of the series Bold Visions in Educational Research pp 285-326

Rethinking Critical Theory and Qualitative Research

  • Joe L. Kincheloe
  • , Peter Mclaren

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Some 70 years after its development in Frankfurt, Germany, critical theory retains its ability to disrupt and hallenge the status quo. In the process, it elicits highlycharged emotions of all types—fierce loyalty from its roponents, vehement hostility from its detractors. Such vibrantly polar reactions indicate at the very least that critical theory still matters. We can be against critical theory or for it, but, especially at the present historical uncture, we cannot be without it.