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Pedagogy of the oppressed

Author: Paulo Freire
Publisher: London ; New York : Penguin Books, 1996.
Series: Penguin education
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : New rev. edView all editions and formats
20 years on, this revolutionary work has been revised and updated, and Paulo Freire outlines a blueprint for revolution. This is a fascinating account which continues to influence educationalists across the world.

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Paulo Freire
ISBN: 014025403X 9780140254037
OCLC Number: 34270225
Language Note: Translated from the Portuguese.
Description: 164 pages ; 18 cm
Contents: Chapter 1: the justification for a pedagogy of the oppressed; the contradiction between the oppressors and the oppressed, and how it is overcome; oppression and the oppressors; oppression and the oppressed; liberation --
not a gift, not a self-achievement, but a mutual process. --
Chapter 2: the "banking concept" of education as an instrument of oppression --
its presuppositions --
a critique; the problem-posing concept of education as an instrument for liberation --
its presuppositions; the "banking" concept and the teacher-student contradiction; the problem- posing concept and the supersedence of the teacher-student contradiction; education --
a mutual process, world-mediated; people as uncompleted beings, conscious of their incompletion, and their attempt to be more fully human. --
Chapter 3: dialogics --
the essence of education as the practice of freedom; dialogics and dialogue; dialogue and the search for programme content; the human-world relationship, "generative themes", and the programme content of education as the practice of freedom; the investigation of "generative themes"; the various stages of the investigation. --
Chapter 4: antidialogics and dialogics as matrices of opposing theories of cultural action --
the former as an instrument of oppression and the latter as an instrument of liberation; the theory of anti-dialogical action and its characteristics; conquest, divide and rule, manipulation, and cultural invasion; the theory of dialogical action and its characteristics --
cooperation, unity, organization and cultural synthesis.
Series Title: Penguin education
Other Titles: Pedagogía del oprimido.
Responsibility: Paulo Freire ; translated by Myra Bergman Ramos.


Argues that the ignorance and lethargy of the poor are the direct result of the whole economic, social and political domination. This book suggests that in some countries the oppressors use the  Read more...


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