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Paulo Freire

The Global Legacy

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Edited By 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 Eight: Paulo Freire’s Prophetic Voice at the Intersection of Liberation Pedagogy and Liberation Theology

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CHAPTER EIGHT

Paulo Freire’s Prophetic Voice at the Intersection of Liberation Pedagogy and Liberation Theology

DÉBORA B. A. JUNKER

INTRODUCTION

This chapter proposes a brief review of the contributions of Freire’s educational philosophy within the religious field by showing how his faith-based vision was influential for the emergence of liberation thoughts, which included the embryonic liberation theology of the late 1960s and early 1970s in Latin America. More specifically, it analyzes how religious groups, informed by Freire’s teachings, started to reject practices and religious discourses that legitimized the subjugation and exploitation of marginalized people in order to reclaim the prophetic role of education in those settings. In addition, this chapter indicates how men and women, inspired by his ideas, began to realize that their struggles were not simply results of fate or divine will, but consequences of a patriarchal and colonialist mentality materialized in situations of oppression. It concludes that Freire was a fundamental agent in the transformative process that took place in the context of Latin American Christian churches. His inspiring presence influenced a whole generation and still influences present generations. The prophetic vision of Freire has guided the path of those who understand education as an act of love and believe that a world “more just and less ugly” is possible. ← 145 | 146 →

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