World, Class, Women begins the extraordinarily important task of bringing a postcolonial, feminist voice to critical pedagogy and, by extension explores how current debates about education could make a contribution to feminist thought. Robin Truth Goodman deftly weaves together the disciplines of literature, postcolonialism, feminism, and education in order to theorize how the shrinking of the public sphere and the rise of globalization influence access to learning, what counts as knowledge, and the possibilities of a radical feminism.
"Robin Goodman has written a path-breaking book which not only challenges the market-based attack on all things public, but also examines how theory and literature can be used to reclaim feminism, schooling, and economic justice as part of a broader effort in imagining a global democratic public sphere. Goodman's analysis of the complex relationship between feminism and critical pedagogy is the best I have read in decades. Her astute analysis of popular culture, her ease at crossing disciplinary boundaries, and her use of theory as a resource, and literature as a referent for a new kind of public pedagogy is brilliant. Anyone concerned about feminism, literature, pedagogy, and what it means to embrace matters of politics and social justice with conviction and courage should read this book." -- Henry A. Giroux, author of The Abandoned Generation
"Reading theories and texts of identity and gender against the realities of a corporate world order driven by the ideology of the free market and the demand for profit at all costs, Goodman raises provocative and challenging questions for both feminists and other educators seeking to build a more just and equitable world." -- Kathleen Weiler, editor of Feminist Engagements