One of the most influential educational philosophers of our times, Paulo Freire contributed to a revolutionary understanding of education as an empowering and democratizing force in the lives of the disenfranchised. In this deeply personal introduction to the man and his ideas, Antonia Darder reflects on how Freire’s work has illuminated her own life practices and thinking as an educator and activist. Including both personal memories and a never-before published, powerful dialogue with Freire himself, Darder offers a unique "analysis of solidarity," in mind and spirit. A heartfelt look at the ways Freire can still inspire a critically intellectual and socially democratic life, this book is certain to open up his theories in entirely new ways, both to those already familiar with his work and those coming to him for the first time.
‘While this book will be of interest to education policy studies, a wide variety of higher education faculty in many disciplines would also find it valuable. This book is not only highly recommended, it needs to be read… Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through professionals and practitioners.’- W. C. Hine, Eastern Illinois University, in CHOICE, June 2015
Series Editor Introduction
Chapter 1 Liberation: Our Historical Task
Chapter 2 Pedagogy of Love: Embodying Our Humanity
Chapter 3 Conscientizaçao: Awakening Critical Consciousness
Chapter 4 Problematizing Diversity: A Dialogue with Paulo Freire
Epilogue Our Struggle Continues
Much more than introductions alone, the short, virtuosic Routledge Key Ideas in Education series volumes look to shape ongoing discussions in the field of education by putting the field’s contemporary luminaries in dialogue with its foundational figures and critical topics. From new students to senior scholars, these volumes will spark the imaginations of a range of readers thinking through key ideas and education.