Adult Education and the “Matter” of Consciousness in Marxist-Feminism

  • Sara Carpenter
  • Shahrzad Mojab
Part of the Marxism and Education book series (MAED)


In teaching adult education courses, a major challenge for us is to make students articulate the sources of their knowledge about themselves or the world. We ask them to think through these questions: “How do you know what you know?” “Where does your knowledge come from?” There are some immediate and predictable answers such as personal experience, accumulated academic, or work-related knowledge, or social learning through culture, tradition, media, personal, or group interaction. We encourage them to go deeper in their explanation and interpretation of social relations and their role and location in them. This, we have come to realize, is not an easy process, in part because, in our understanding, the way to answer these questions is to articulate the relationship between self and the social world as well as between consciousness and the material world. Often students are neither able to name this relationship nor are fully capable of articulating their location in these social relations. Thus, as teachers, we have found it necessary to delve deeper into the problematic of dissociated self and society. In this chapter, we undertake an exploration of the relation between consciousness and the material world from the perspective of Marxist-Feminism.


Social Relation Feminist Theory Critical Race Theory Marxist Theorization Material Life 
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