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I contrast the lenses that Norman Mailer, Herbert Marcuse, and Karl Marx bring to their analyses of social life, exploring the contributions and limits of their respective approaches. I then propose what I call a “multilectical” theoretical lens that encompasses the strengths of all three and leans on the insights of post-Marxist theorists. The multilectical lens is then applied to an event that transpired in a severely underperforming middle school.


Originally published in International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education. Please contact author for original pagination when citing this article. Gene Fellner (2014) Toward a broader dialectic: joining Marxism with Mailer to forge a multilectics that advances teaching and learning, International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, 27:10, 1262-1284, DOI: 10.1080/09518398.2013.825346

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