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Pedagogy of Insurrection

From Resurrection to Revolution


Peter McLaren

«Pedagogy of Insurrection» by Peter McLaren has won the American Educational Research Association, Division B Outstanding Book Recognition Award 2016.

Peter McLaren, named Outstanding Educator in America by the Association of Educators of Latin America and the Caribbean in 2013 and winner of numerous awards for his scholarship and international political activism, has penned another classic work with Pedagogy of Insurrection. One of the educators that Ana Maria (Nita) Araújo Freire credits as an architect of what has come to be known worldwide as critical pedagogy, and who Paulo Freire named his ‘intellectual cousin,’ McLaren has consistently produced iconoclastic work that has been heralded by educators worldwide as among some of the most significant commentary on the state of education. He is Honorary President of the Instituto McLaren de Pedagogía Crítica y Educación Popular in Ensenada, México, and Honorary Director of the Center for Critical Pedagogy Research at Northeast Normal University in China.
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Chapter 5. Comrade Che


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Today socialist icons such as Che Guevara stare us from the crumbling walls of city slums reminding us of past struggles. Unlike the fate bequeathed to Frantz Fanon, whose memory is now partially eclipsed by the forces of history that have since enveloped his beloved Algeria (Macey, 2000), Che Guevara’s popularity today is widespread not only in his adopted country of Cuba but throughout Latin America and beyond.1 Despite Che’s iconic stature as a matinee idol image that adorns T-shirts and posters, it remains a truism that regardless of the amative imaginings that his image provokes, he stands as a powerful thinker whose understanding of Marx and other radical theorists cannot be easily separated from his life as a revolutionary actor on the stage of world history.

In an article written to commemorate that intrepid revolutionary and daring thinker, Ernesto “Che” Guevara, thirty years after his death, Michael Löwy (1997) proclaimed:

Years go by, fads change, modernisms are succeeded by postmodernisms, dictatorships are replaced by ‘hard democracies,’ Keynesianism by neoliberal politics, and the Berlin Wall is replaced by a wall of money. Yet Che’s message still shines like a beacon in this dark and cold end of the century. ← 203 | 204 →

Nearly two decades after those words were written, we can safely say that the beacon of Che’s message is as bright as ever, but at the same...

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