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Media Literacy

A Reader

Donaldo Macedo and Shirley R. Steinberg

Media Literacy: A Reader produces a critical understanding of media culture designed to help students develop the ability to interpret media as well as understand the ways they themselves consume and affectively (emotionally) invest in media. Such an appreciation encourages both critical thinking and self-analysis, as students begin to realize that everyday decisions are not necessarily made freely and rationally. While we strongly believe that humans exercise agency, we understand that there are social, cultural, and political forces that affect agency. In this context our conception of media literacy analyzes the ways our everyday decisions are encoded and inscribed by emotional and bodily commitments relating to the production of desire and mood, all of which leads, in Noam Chomsky’s famous phrase, to the «manufacture of consent.» These complex pedagogical and ideological issues demand rigorous skills including questioning, analyzing, interpreting, and meaning-making. Media Literacy: A Reader is a comprehensive collection of essays that is sorely needed, as most of the academic work in the area is written not for an introductory audience, but for scholars in the field. It will shape the agenda in media literacy for years to come.
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Chronicles of Love: My Life with Paulo Freire

Translated by Alex Oliveira- Introduction by Donaldo Macedo

Ana Maria Freire Araújo and Donaldo Macedo

This is a love story, told from the perspective of the woman who knew Paulo Friere perhaps better than any other living person. It is a warm, touching, informative account of the marriage and relationship of Paulo and Nita Freire.
Paulo Freire was born in Recife, Brazil on September 19, 1921 and died in the city of São Paulo on May 2, 1997. He is known throughout the world as the author of a revolutionary literacy method for adults. More than that, he developed a wide-ranging understanding of education based on a reading of the word and of the world.
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Mentoring the Mentor

A Critical Dialogue with Paulo Freire

Paulo Freire, James W. Fraser, Donaldo Macedo and Tanya McKinnon

Mentoring the Mentor recreates a Freirian dialogue in a printed format. In this volume, sixteen distinguished scholars engage in a critical and thoughtful exchange with Paulo Freire. While some contributors voice appreciation for Freire's ideas and for what it means to «reinvent Freire» in a North American context, others offer sharp critiques of Freire's philosophy and, of equal importance, of the various interpretations of his work. A variety of chapters describe specific uses which have been made of Freire's ideas in diverse educational contexts, from the New York City public schools to the revolutions in Guinea Bissau and Eritrea. Finally, Paulo Freire himself responds to the major issues which are raised in the volume and invites readers to share in a continuing lively dialogue about the meaning of democratic and revolutionary education.
«The fundamental task of the mentor is a liberatory task. It is not to encourage the mentor's goals and aspirations and dreams to be reproduced in the mentees, the students, but to give rise to the possibility that the students become the owners of their own history. This is how I understand the need that teachers have to transcend their merely instructive task and to assume the ethical posture of a mentor who truly believes in the total autonomy, freedom, and development of those he or she mentors.» (from Chapter Sixteen, «A Response» by Paulo Freire)