Che Guevara, Paulo Freire, and the Pedagogy of Revolution

Che Guevara, Paulo Freire, and the Pedagogy of Revolution

by Peter McLaren


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780847695324
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 12/01/1999
Series: Culture and Education Series
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.74(d)

About the Author

One of the most respected and influential educators in North America, Peter McLaren is known the world over for his political activism, his pioneering writings on critical pedagogy, and his trenchant critiques of global capitalism and educational policy. He is the author and editor of over twenty-five books and monographs including Critical Pedagogy and Predatory Culture, Revolutionary Multiculturalism, and Schooling as a Ritual Performance. His work has been published in twelve languages. Peter McLaren is professor in the Division of Urban Education at the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, University of California. He lectures worldwide on the politics of liberation and is considered one of the central architects of critical pedagogy. He has recently won the Paulo Freire Democratic Projects Award of Social Justice.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Acknowledgements Chapter 2 Foreword Part 3 Part One: The Man in the Black Beret Part 4 Part Two: The Man with the Grey Beard Part 5 A Pedagogy for the Revolution

What People are Saying About This

Carl Boggs

A sweeping and provocative work that raises pedagogical theory to new heights. Professor McLaren deftly weaves together the critical educational legacy of Paulo Freire, the revolutionary spirit of Che Guevara, and some of the best elements of contemporary radical social thought to arrive at a powerful synthesis of historical analysis and political vision.

Rodolfo D. Torres

In this lucid and theoretically informed reappraisal of the legacies of Che and Freire, Peter McLaren has made a significant contribution to a renewed Marxist theory. Where critiques of capitalism seem to be out of fashion, this volume engages the lives of two great revolutionaries in the context of 'globalization' and increasing class inequality.

Antonia Darder

McLaren's exploration into the similar and divergent theoretical positions of Che and Freire's contributions to our understanding of a revolutionary socialist vision is impeccable. Through critically examining the tremendous intellectual fortitude and unwavering practice of these two prominent left intellectuals of this century, he unearths the often forgotten explicatory depth and political dynamism of historical materialism. By so doing, McLaren assists educators to engage more profoundly with the current crisis of global capitalism, in order to construct a renewed socialist project for the new millennium.

Donaldo Macedo

Keeps the revolutionary spirit of Che and Freire alive and challenges readers, particularly educators, to engage the true meaning of a revolutionary praxis. A must-read for all those who dare embrace a truly revolutionary pedagogy of the oppressed.

Richard Harris

Truly impressive both in terms of the wide range of discourses, issues and topics which it addresses and connects, as well as the breadth and depth of the contribution it makes to the theory and practice of critical pedagogy.

Barbara Harlow

In a probing posthumous meditation on the life and work of Ernesto "Che" Guevara and Paulo Freire, Peter McLaren not only recalls their history but reasserts the continued influence for our own times of these two revolutionary teachers.

Slavoj Zizek

Che Guevara is usually perceived as a Romantic model whom we should admire, while pursuing our daily business as usual—the most perverse defense against what Che stood for. What McLaren's fascinating book demonstrates is that, on the contrary, Che is a model for our times, a figure we should imitate in our struggle against neoliberal global capitalism.

Michael Parenti

An enlightenment reaffirmation of revolutionary theory and practice much needed as an antidote to this age of free-market imperialism.

Teresa L. Ebert

Peter McLaren's Che Guevara, Paulo Freire is a vigorous intervention in the complexity of the contemporary political situation—from rearticulating the project of radical pedagogy to his argument to reorient the left itself. Through his groundbreaking regrasping of Che's revolutionary practices,

McLaren critiques the left—especially progressive left pedagogy—for its marginalization of class and complacent reformism. In an effective intervention, he puts the international class struggle at the forefront of a revolutionary pedagogy. As part of his argument for the reorganization of social institutions in Che Guevara, Paulo Freire, McLaren offers a sustained radical critique of transnational neoliberalism and its corporatization of education—in doing so, he places revolutionary pedagogy in solidarity with the oppressed of global capitalism.

Louis F. Miron

A book on Che Guevera and Paulo Freire? Once again Peter McLaren has asked scholars and educators to confront our own political limitations and imagine the unimaginable: Educational revolution is achievable. McLaren passionately turns to the revolutionary spirit of these two icons in a work that rivals the intensity of Jonathan Kozol's work. I predict McLaren's book will have equal impact on the educational community. He invites the reader to boldly act in the name and the body of the poor and dispossessed. Scholarship in education can have no higher ambition.

E. San Juan

Peter McClaren, in his new book, Che Guevara and Paulo Freire, has eloquently summed up for the next millenium what critical pedagogy inspired by the life-works of Che and Freire has to offer: not a utopia of private pleasure and desire preached by Rorty and other neoliberal apologists but a life-enhancing praxis of personal and social transformation needed to renew the ecosystem exhausted by global capitalism. We have much to learn from the visionary reason of these two great heroic "guerillas" of the much maligned "third world.

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