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First published in Portuguese in 1968, Pedagogy of the Oppressed was translated and published in English in 1970. The methodology of the late Paulo Freire has helped to empower countless impoverished and illiterate people throughout the world. Freire's work has taken on especial urgency in the United States and Western Europe, where the creation of a permanent underclass among the underprivileged and minorities in cities and urban centers is increasingly accepted as the norm. With a substantive new introduction on Freire's life and the remarkable impact of this book by writer and Freire confidant and authority Donaldo Macedo, this anniversary edition of Pedagogy of the Oppressed will inspire a new generation of educators, students, and general readers for years to come.
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On the 20th anniversary of its publication, this classic manifesto is updated with an important new preface by the author. Freire reflects on the impact his book has had, and on many of the issues it raises for readers in the 1990s. These include the fundamental question of liberation and inclusive language as it relates to Freire's own insights and approaches.
Table of Contents
Introduction to the Anniversary Edition by Donald Macedo
Foreword by Richard Shaull
The justification for a pedagogy of the oppressed; the contradiction between the oppressors and the oppressed, and how it is overcome; oppression and the oppressors; oppression and the oppressed; liberation: not a gift, not a self-achievement, but a mutual process.
The "banking" concept of education as an instrument of oppression—its presuppositions—a critique; the problem-posing concept of education as an instrument for liberation—its presuppositions; the "banking" concept and the teacher-student contradiction; the problem-posting concept and the supersedence of the teacher-student contradiction; education: a mutual process, world-mediated; people as uncompleted beings, conscious of their incompletion, and their attempt to be more fully human.
Dialogics—the essence of education as the practice of freedom; dialogics and dialogue; dialogue and the search for program content; the human-world relationship, "generative themes," and the program content of education as the practice of freedom; the investigation of "generative themes" and its methodology; the awakening of critical consciousness through investigation of "generative themes"; the various stages of the investigation.
Antidialogics and dialogics as matrices of opposing theories of cultural action: the former as an instrument of oppression and the latter as an instrument of liberation; the theory of antidialogical action and its characteristics: conquest, divide and rule, manipulation, and cultural invasion; the theory of dialogical action and its characteristics: cooperation, unity, organization, and cultural synthesis.
Posted October 25, 2002
This book is a guide on not only how to teach, but how to go about everyday life. Pedagogy of the Oppressed gives a detailed outline on how to free yourself as well as others around you. While Freire was relating this book to large amounts of people that are being oppressed it can, and does relate to everyday life. The book is hard to read though, but do not let this discourage you from reading it. Just buy a dictionary when you purchase this book. Then sit down and read. Your mind will open to new ideas that you never thought were there. It did for me!
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Posted January 7, 2005
This is by far the best book I read during grad school...even if I didn't have to read this for a class, I would have devoured Fierre's masterpiece! No other text has ever given me a greater understanding of the plight of those oppressed by the 'majority' or dominating populations. My whole understanding of the world and history was turned on its head. I recommend this book to anyone interested in social justice, affirmative action, civil rights, minority struggles...it applies not only to the community in Brazil, but all peoples facing social and economic oppression.
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Posted April 29, 2009
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