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The Freirean Legacy

Educating for Social Justice

Judith J. Slater, Steve Fain and Cesar A. Rossatto

In this collection of voices, one hears stories and discussions grounded in the ideas of one of the most influential teachers and thinkers of our time. The Freirean Legacy offers the reader an opportunity to consider the work of Paulo Freire in terms of three significant perspectives. Michael Apple, Joe Kincheloe, and Ana Maria Araújo (Nita) Freire are among those who share insights and understandings resulting from firsthand experiences with Freire. The theoretical insights into his work and ideas are brought forth in pieces by Peter McLaren, Judith J. Slater, and others. Finally, this book concludes with interpretations of Freire's teachings as applied to praxis by several authors, including Stephen M. Fain and Cesar A. Rossatto. This anthology will serve the initiate well in getting to know Paulo Freire, while at the same time providing the sophisticated scholar with an opportunity to advance the conversation and continue the dialogue.
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Keqi (David) Liu

Conscientization and the Cultivation of Conscience constitutes a major contribution to the international literature on the work of Paulo Freire, one of the most influential educationalists of all time. It provides a fresh perspective on the Freirean notion of conscientization, rethinking this pivotal concept in the light of the history of ideas on conscience. The author offers a holistic, philosophical reading of Freire’s texts and argues for the cultivation of conscience through love and dialogue. Such a reading, he suggests, allows us to better respond to the moral crises that face us in the age of global capitalism. The ideas advanced in this book have important implications for philosophical and cultural understanding and for educational theory and practice.
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Public Education and the Imagination-Intellect

I Speak from the Wound in My Mouth

Mary E. Weems

Public Education and the Imagination-Intellect argues for re-thinking the thinking process and for urban education reform. Weems’s work lives in the moment of creation. Her imagination-intellect theory chapters frame this book; she posits that the imagination and intellect are inextricably linked; that like Freire’s architect all ideas are first imagined, then intellectually developed in an interconnected process that mirrors the blood’s circulation through the body. The two plays and the collection of poems are rich, layered landscapes of African American culture and meanings. They lend themselves to multi-interpretation, co-performance, and co-ownership by each audience member who engages the work.
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Pedagogy of the Other

Edward Said, Postcolonial Theory, and Strategies for Critique

Shehla Burney

Edward Said has been acknowledged as one of the greatest critics and cultural theorists of our time. His groundbreaking work Orientalism initiated the development of postcolonial theory, causing a paradigm shift by re-conceptualizing, deconstructing, and re-presenting the ‘Orient’ as the ultimate ‘Other’ of the ‘Occident.’ Despite its influence on other disciplines, the impact of Said’s work in the field of education has not yet been fully explored. This book translates Said’s complex theory into praxis for readers and educators by gleaning key concepts and methodologies, critical and conceptual frameworks, and uses and ramifications for academic critique. Pedagogy of the Other (appropriately named after Paulo Freire’s Pedagogy of the Oppressed) suggests ways and means to create an innovative postcolonial teaching practice that does not marginalize, oppress, or negate the Other, but rather, creates a counter-discourse of representation and empowerment.
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Kommunikation und Entwicklung

Applikation eines lateinamerikanischen Modells (Paulo Freire - Mario Kaplun) in Indonesien

Ruedi Hofmann

Der Einsatz von Massenmedien für die Verbreitung von Neuerungen hat sich in den Entwicklungsländern vor allem wegen des Auftretens von verfremdenden Nebenwirkungen als sehr problematisch erwiesen. Im ersten Teil dieser Arbeit wird dagegen ein alternatives Kommunikationsmodell vorgestellt. Dieses folgt zum Teil den Methoden der «Pädagogik der Unterdrückten» von Paulo Freire, wobei kleine Gruppen durch Hörspiele zu eigener Kreativität angeregt werden, um ihre Probleme zu bewältigen. Der zweite Teil der Arbeit berichtet darüber, wie eine nach diesem neuen Modell verfasste Programmserie, die in Lateinamerika bereits grossen Erfolg gehabt hat, in Indonesien neu inszeniert und eingesetzt wird.
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«Come Closer»

Critical Perspectives on Theatre of the Oppressed

Toby Emert and Ellie Friedland

In «Come Closer,» community activists, scholars, and theatre artists describe their Theatre of the Oppressed (TO) work and how they are transforming TO for new purposes, new audiences, and new settings. Each chapter features a first-person narrative on how the authors’ work both honors and transforms the vision of Augusto Boal, whose imaginative response to human oppression offers the world an aesthetic intervention that has the power to move both the oppressors and the oppressed to the possibility of transformative dialogue. Contributors to this important volume center their ideas and their descriptions of their practice within theoretical frameworks, particularly Paulo Freire’s Pedagogy of the Oppressed. «Come Closer» will be useful to undergraduate and graduate students, as well as administrators and professors interested in the topic of democratic education.
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Critical Pedagogy in the New Dark Ages

Challenges and Possibilities

Maria Nikolakaki

This book unmasks the neoliberal ideology that led modern civilization to withdraw from its previous accomplishments into what may be called the new Dark Ages. The international group of contributors to this volume aggressively rejects the siege of society by capitalism and the resulting deterioration. These authors engage a critical pedagogy that brings hope as it acknowledges the potential for social justice and a language of possibility in the educational arena. The prestigious authors assembled here range from Stanley Aronowitz to Slavoj Žižek and their subjects from «Higher Education Under Siege» (Henry Giroux) to «On the Right and Duty to Change the World» (Paulo Freire).