Joe Kincheloe: Marxist Kritik and the Tender-Hearted

Marla Morris


This piece is in memory of Joe Kincheloe. Here, Morris explores Kincheloe's tough-minded Marxism and tenderhearted kindness. The article looks at some of Joe's recent work and how he contributed to the field of curriculum studies. Morris draws on the German spelling of the word Kritik-as it is written in the work of Marx and Engels (1978)-to suggest that critical theory needs to return to its Marxist roots. Kincheloe's work is best represented by what is called critical pedagogy as he worked to undo oppression, embrace indigenous knowledges, and fight for the underdog. Morris discusses these issues in this piece.


About the Author

Dr. Marla Morris is Associate Professor of Education at Georgia Southern University. She is the author of Curriculum and the Holocaust: Competing Sites of Memory and Representation (2001), Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum and Associates Publishers; Jewish Intellectuals and the University (2007), New York: Palgrave; and Teaching Through the Ill Body: A Spiritual and Aesthetic Approach to Pedagogy and Illness (2008), Rotterdam: Sense Publishers.

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