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The Praxis of Critical Empiricism: Race, Class, Gender and Social Justice

Derek V. Price
Race, Gender & Class
Vol. 8, No. 2, Marxism: Race, Gender, & Class (2001), pp. 94-115
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/41674973
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Abstract

Marxist scholarship and research on the intersections of race, class, and gender are linked analytically through the concept of hegemony. Hegemony refers to the struggle between agents for and against the social transformation of dominant structures. While most scholars who utilize a race, class, and gender framework agree that social science and education should be used to challenge social inequities, the strategies of this struggle are often contentious. In this paper, I argue against the reification of statistical techniques as implicitly dominating, and for a critical empiricism as a form of counter-hegemonic praxis. In addition, I advocate for the connection of theory and practice in the classroom in terms of radical pedagogy. Race, class, and gender research provides empirical and narrative facts of ongoing social inequality, while also presenting educators with analytical tools to "meet students where they are at." This essay offers a constructive way to connect research on race, class, and gender with praxis for social justice.

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