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Paulo Freire

The Global Legacy


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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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication DataPaulo Freire: the global legacy / edited by Michael A. Peters, Tina Besley.pages cm. — (Counterpoints: studies in the postmodern theory of education; v. 500)Includes bibliographical references and index.1. Freire, Paulo, 1921–1997. 2. Education—Philosophy. I. Peters, Michael A.II. Besley, Tina, author, editor of compilation.LB880.F732P378 370.11’5—dc23 2014025302 ISBN 978-1-4331-2532-4 (hardcover)ISBN 978-1-4331-2531-7 (paperback)ISBN 978-1-4539-1408-3 (e-book)ISSN 1058-1634Bibliographic information published by Die Deutsche Nationalbibliothek.Die Deutsche Nationalbibliothek lists this publication in the “Deutsche Nationalbibliografie”; detailed bibliographic data are available on the Internet at

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