Researching and rebuilding a Marxian education theory: Back to the drawing board.

Year: 1998

Author: Raduntz, Helen

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

This paper holds to the view that existing education theories claiming degrees of affinity to the Marxian project have mainly degenerated to the point where their revitalisation as a transformative force is problematic.

It is argued that rebuilding an effective Marxian education theory of capitalist schooling requires a return to sources in Hegel and Marx in order to clarify not only what they actually meant but also to discover a way forward. In this endeavour it is vital to establish education's organic connection with the capitalist economy taking as a promising starting point the relation between the forces and social relations of production.