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Paulo Freire

The Global Legacy


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 Seven: Warfare as Pedagogy: Shaping Curriculum From the Margins; A Freirean Counter-Narrative of War



Warfare as Pedagogy: Shaping Curriculum From the Margins; A Freirean Counter-Narrative of War



That was the sublime headline for the front page of The Pilot, my hometown local newspaper on Wednesday, July 2, 2008, followed by “Soldier Made Famous by Photo Dies in Pinehurst,” a rather discrete subtitle that sounded like a whisper in a town that took pride in its dignified and highly manicured Old South celebrations. A noticeably downsized version of the Army Times–copyrighted picture of medic Joseph Patrick Dwyer carrying an injured Iraqi boy, taken by photographer Warren Zinn, was strategically placed on the upper right side to illustrate the story. Dwyer, originally from New York, had signed up “to fight for his country” immediately after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, according to the source. “He felt like it was something he had to do,” said Matina Dwyer, his wife, to senior writers Matthew Moriarty and John Chappell (2008). I immediately remembered the image from the time it was widely showcased by the national media in order to build up public support for the war in Iraq in 2003. It is a great picture indeed. One of those that make history: Dwyer, in full battle gear, runs as he holds a barefoot half-naked, darker skinned young boy, who looks at the camera while holding his stomach with his right hand, and his right knee with his left hand;...

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