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Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paulo Freire
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Apr 08, 12

Read from January 29 to April 04, 2012 — I own a copy

READ APR 2012

Originally published in 1970, Freire's message still strikes a cord today. While originally addressing Brazil, ideas are applicable to today's U.S. eco-political landscape. Freire maintains many "confuse freedom with maintenance of the status quo (p. 18) and suggests one solution is to keep the delicate balance between action and reflection (p. 60). Freire describes leadership that contrasts conquest vs. cooperation, division vs. unity, manipulation vs. organization, and cultural invasion vs. cultural synthesis.

Best quotes, "to affirm that men and women are persons and as persons should be free, and yet to do nothing tangible to make this affirmation a reality, is a farce" (p. 32), "using their dependence to create still greater dependence is an oppressor tactic" (p. 48), "no oppressive order could permit the oppressed to begin to question: Why?" (p. 67), "[Words] must not serve as a crafty instrument for the domination of one person by another...it must not serve as a pretext for manipulation...[nor arrogantly] project ignorance onto others and never perceive [ones] own" (p. 70-71), "to glorify democracy and to silence the people is a farce; to discourse on humanism and to negate people is a lie" (p. 72), "Human activity is theory and practice; it is reflection and action....it cannot be reduced to either verbatim or activism" (p. 106), and “instead of following predetermined plans, leaders and people, mutually identified, together create the guidelines of their action” (p. 162).
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