Paulo Freire’s Pedagogy of the Oppressed
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This chapter talks about Paulo Freire's Pedagogy of the Oppressed. Freire's work is rooted in the concrete social, economic and cultural reality of 1960s Latin America. The book was written while he was in exile in Chile following the Brazilian military coup of 1964. Published in 1970, it was based on many years of direct experience of working with the poor of Brazil and Chile. The book presents some aspects of what the writer has termed the 'pedagogy of the oppressed', a pedagogy which must be forged with, not for, the oppressed in the incessant struggle to regain their humanity. Freire outlines how radical social change can occur in situations of deep oppression. His concern however is to outline a process not a programme. Revolution, he asserts throughout, can only emerge from dialogue with the people. Dialogue is a fundamental precondition for their true humanisation.

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