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Paulo Freire

The Global Legacy

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Michael A. Peters and Tina Besley

This collection is the first book devoted to Paulo Freire’s ongoing global legacy to provide an analysis of the continuing relevance and significance of Freire’s work and the impact of his global legacy. The book contains essays by some of the world’s foremost Freire scholars – McLaren, Darder, Roberts, and others – as well as chapters by scholars and activists, including the Maori scholars Graham Hingangaroa Smith and Russell Bishop, who detail their work with the indigenous people of Aotearoa-New Zealand. The book contains a foreword by Nita Freire as well as chapters from scholars around the world including Latin America, Asia, the United States, United Kingdom, New Zealand, and Australia. With a challenging introduction from the editors, Michael A. Peters and Tina Besley, this much-awaited addition to the Freire archive is highly recommended reading for all students and scholars interested in Freire, global emancipatory politics, and the question of social justice in education.
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Chapter Twenty-Nine: Working for the World

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CHAPTER TWENTY-NINE

Working for the World

M. J. STUART

WORKING FOR THE WORLD

Using Bauman’s (1998, p. 92) notion of two types of international travellers, tourist or indigent, I examine the issue of work for all. Politicians use terms for policies such as “Free to Grow,” utilising the assumption that freedom is unproblematic. Freedom includes “the form of opportunities for participation in trade and production [which] can help to generate personal abundance as well as public resources for social facilities” (Sen, 1999, p. 11, cited in New Zealand Treasury, 2001, p. 20). As Zygmunt Bauman says, they are freed from the fetters of capital, in an uncertain world like guests in a caravan site (2000, pp. 23–24). For states, such policies have bio-political purposes, such as decreasing educational disadvantage, getting women of childbearing age into the workforce, and ensuring children receive good foundational education prior to school. The usefulness of such policies has been advocated (as cost-effective ways of managing demographic and economic risks) by a number of national and international publications (Minstrom 2011; NZ Treasury, 2001; Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development [OECD], 2012, p. 33). They are indeed, a part of a global discourse about work, its value and as sites for actuarial investments. ← 461 | 462 →

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