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Pedagogy of the Oppressed: 30th Anniversary Edition / Edition 3

Pedagogy of the Oppressed: 30th Anniversary Edition / Edition 3

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780826412768
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 09/01/2000
Edition description: 30th Anniversary Edition
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 21,373
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.84(h) x 0.53(d)

About the Author

Paulo Freire is the author of the bestselling Pedagogy of the Oppressed as well as Education for Critical Consciousness, Pedagogy in Process (The Letters to Guinea-Bissau), Learning to Question (with Antonio Faundez), and Pedagogy of the City.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Introduction to the Anniversary Edition by Donald Macedo

Foreword by Richard Shaull


Chapter 1
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.

Chapter 2
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.

Chapter 3
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.

Chapter 4
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.

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Pedagogy of the Oppressed: 30th Anniversary Edition 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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 applies not only to the community in Brazil, but all peoples facing social and economic oppression.
AndrewBlackman on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I ended up reading this over a period of about six months, just getting through a bit of it and then moving on to read something else and coming back to it much later. It was all so disjointed that I didn't get much out of it other than the basic points. I remember the part about "praxis", for example - he said that action without thought and thought without action are both pointless; what is needed is "praxis", which he defined as a combination of action and reflection.Then the stuff for which the book is well known, about how teaching should be a collaborative project between teacher and learners rather than a hierarchical "banking" approach where the all-knowing teacher deposits knowledge into the "vessels" of learners.
awhayouseh on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Freire stresses the importance of dialogue in the act of teaching. Diaglogue, he argues, is not separated from actions which make the world better, especially for the oppressed. Scholars of all fields, epecially educators, should read this book. It is very informative.
intrepidflame on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Every educator should be made to read this book. I can't believe I went through Peace Corps and the Fellowship program at Columbia without running across this pivotal book on pedagogy. This is a must read for any working within the bounds of the educational sphere. Finally a compassionate manifesto guiding us towards the end of human suffering and oppression through love and dialogue.
beau.p.laurence on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
a MUST READ for understanding how class rules in education
radicalspaces on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
good book to read to see what can be done to awaken populations
augustusmcghee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Great book!!!! Paulo Freire takes concepts of education and links them to social change relative to observations of occurrences throughout history and present realities. An insightful perspective that calls people to awareness of themselves through understanding of love, unity and diversity in order to create a better world.
NateJordon on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Whether you want to know how to be an effective teacher / professor or you want to know how to start a revolution, this is the book for you. This modern day "Robin Hood Manifesto" is profound in depth, with aims clear and concise. I'm certain a plethora of reviews, opinions, and college papers have been written about the book, so I'll keep mine to a minimum and let the book speak for itself:¿People confuse freedom with maintenance of the status quo. Threaten the status quo, and the status quo will determine that as a threat to freedom itself.¿¿The oppressed, having internalized the image of the oppressor and adopted his guidelines, are fearful of freedom. Freedom would require them to eject this image and replace it with autonomy and responsibility. Freedom is acquired by conquest, not by gift. It must be pursued constantly and responsibly. Freedom is not an ideal located outside of man; nor is it an idea which becomes myth. It is rather the indispensable condition for the quest for human completion.¿¿In their unrestrained eagerness to possess, the oppressors develop the conviction that it is possible for them to transform everything into objects of their purchasing power; hence their strictly materialistic concept of existence. Money is the measure of all things, and profit the primary goal. For the oppressors, what is worthwhile is to have more¿always more¿even at the cost of the oppressed having less or having nothing. For them, to be is to have and to be the class of the `haves.¿¿Just a few gems there. Read the book and find 180+ pages of them.
jellyfishjones on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I encountered Freire's ideas of critical pedagogy in a curriculum theory course and excitedly picked this up hoping to gain more practical insight. I did not realize this work is almost exclusively theoretical, with only the third chapter providing limited descriptions of educational "decodification and recodification" sessions. These, to me, were the most enlightening passages, especially the quoted dialogues from "consciousness classes". Where theory is concerned, I did not find the book nearly as approachable as many other reviewers. I found the writing style to be repetitive and overly-reliant on specific philosophical terminology when simpler language would have sufficed. In fact, I think many of the reviews here do more justice to the ideas than Freire's own writing! One example - Freire spends 5 pages discussing the fact that humans differ from animals due the human ability to self-reflect. What I just summarized in about 10 words comes from p. 97 of the work - " is the only one to treat not only his actions but his very self as the objects of his reflection; this capacity distinguishes him from the animals, which are unable to separate themselves from their activity and thus are unable to reflect upon it". It was also hard for me not to read Friere's admiring quoting of Lenin, Marx, Mao Tse Dong, Guevara, et al. without thinking of the dark shadow history has cast on many of these thinkers. The "re-education" efforts of China and many other Communist countries relied on much of the same theoretical framework as the first two chapters of this work. While there are many positive ideas in the work as quoted by some other reviewers, I also found many troubling passages, such as: "Proposing as a problem, to a European peasant, the fact that he or she is a person might strike them as strange. This is not true of Latin-American peasants, whose world usually ends at the boundaries of the latifundium, whose gestures to some extent simulate those of the animal and the trees, and who often consider themselves equal to the latter" (p 174).Overall, I rate this book "probably good for you but not enjoyable".
Crandan More than 1 year ago
This book changed my life when I read it during my Master's program at Pace University. It shaped my 11 year teaching career and continues to shape my work. If you are considering going into teaching, or are currently a teacher, this is a must read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago