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“Class Dismissed? Historical materialism and the politics of ‘difference’”, Philosophy of Education Society of
A radical political economy framework is crucial since various ‘culturalist’ perspectives seem to diminish the role
of political economy and class forces in shaping the ediﬁce of ‘the social’—including the shifting constellations
and meanings of ‘difference.’ Furthermore, none of the ‘differences’ valorized in culturalist narratives alone, and
certainly not ‘race’ by itself can explain the massive transformation of the structure of capitalism in recent years .
We agree with Meyerson (2000) that ‘race’ is not an adequate explanatory category on its own and that the use
of ‘race’ as a descriptive or analytical category has serious consequences for the way in which social life is
presumed to be constituted and organized. The category of ‘race’—the conceptual framework that the oppressed
often employ to interpret their experiences of inequality ‘often clouds the concrete reality of class, and blurs the
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