In postindustrial economies such as the United States and Great Britain, the black/white achievement gap is perpetuated by an emphasis on language and language skills, with which black American and black British-Caribbean youths often struggle. This work analyzes the nature of educational pedagogy in the contemporary capitalist world-system under American hegemony. Mocombe and Tomlin interpret the role of education as an institutional or ideological apparatus for capitalist domination, and examine the sociolinguistic means or pedagogies by which global and local social actors are educated within the capitalist world-system to serve the needs of capital; i.e., capital accumulation. Two specific case studies, one in the United States and one in the United Kingdom, are utilized to demonstrate how contemporary educational emphasis on language and literacy parallels the organization of work and contributes to the debate on academic underachievement of black students vis-a-vis their white and Asian counterparts.

chapter |15 pages


chapter |25 pages

Black Underachievement in Postindustrial America

Reevaluating the “Burden of Acting White”

chapter |21 pages

The Writing Performance in English of African Heritage Students in Two Urban Environments

Birmingham, England and Kingston, Jamaica

chapter |18 pages


Capitalism, Social Class Language Games, and Global Black Underachievement