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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 7. Revolutionary Critical Pedagogy Is Made by Walking in a World Where Many Worlds Coexist (With Peter McLaren and Petar Jandrić)


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In a world where many worlds coexist

Peter McLaren and Petar Jandrić

To anyone interested in contemporary critical education, Peter McLaren hardly needs an introduction. Dubbed “one of the leading architects of critical pedagogy” (“Peter McLaren,” 2014), and “a teacher of all teachers” (Steinberg, 2005, p. xiii), he is widely recognized as “poet laureate of the educational left” (Kincheloe, 2000, p. ix).

Henry Giroux writes that “as a writer, he [McLaren] combines the rare gifts of the astute theoretician with that of the storyteller in the manner celebrated by Walter Benjamin” (1999, p. xxiii). On the back cover of Critical Pedagogy and Predatory Culture, William F. Pinar wrote: “McLaren’s unerring sense of what is important as well as the remarkable range of his scholarship establish him as perhaps the central political theorist in the field today” (1995). Paula Allman (2000) describes McLaren’s writing as follows:

McLaren’s writing is a brilliant blend of passion, commitment, and critical analysis and insight. It is poetry and prose in an intimate dance that touches, at once, readers’ hearts and minds. McLaren’s [Che Guevara, Paulo Freire and the Pedagogy of Revolution] is … one of the most important books on critical education, and thus also education and social justice, to have been written in the twentieth century.

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