Playdough Capitalism: An Adventure in Critical Pedagogy
Keywords:Capitalism, experiential education, immanent critique, radical pedagogy, surplus value
AbstractThis paper describes a technique for simulating capitalism within the classroom, using familiar materials and creating a participatory, reflexive learning space. It situates ‘Playdough Capitalism’ within the theory/practice of experiential education/radical pedagogy and the Marxist analysis/immanent critique of capitalism as a historically-formed system of class exploitation and alienated labour. The paper discusses both the value of simulating capitalism within the classroom and its limits as a transformative pedagogy.
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