Twenty years ago, Brazilian educator Freire's Pedagogy of the Oppressed
received worldwide acclaim for the ideas about teaching and change in the Third World that he had forged in the crucible of his own work among the illiterate poor of Latin America. Now he revisits his original success, recounting the evolution of his ideas and the defining moments that led to both his insights and his subsequent exile because of them. Uncompromisingly on the side of oppressed peoples everywhere, Freire promotes his philosophically dense ideas with the fervor of a revolutionary. They make for difficult reading, partly because of his associative, rambling style but also because of a rather awkward, literal translation. Still, for those interested in the philosophy of education and in fundamental Third World issues, they're reading well worth the struggle. Mary Ellen Sullivan
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Paulo Freire's Pedagogy of Hope, first published in 1992, was written "in rage and love", passionate in its denunciation of social wrongs and in its assertion of the power of education to release the truth. The book works at both inspirational and practical levels, Freire believing that hope must be secured in practice, in action. In his own life, Freire embodied this integration of love and need for securing social change. His thinking and commitment to the best in humanity informed his engagement in the world. Pedagogy of Hope illuminates Freire's earlier publications including Pedagogy of the Oppressed (1968) which with sales of over one million copies has had extraordinary impact throughout the world in its analysis of socially and personally transformative education. -- Lincoln Green LeftCentral
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