Drawing on the legacy of Paulo Freire and the insights of Antonio Gramsci, this book provides new ways of working with communities which put people at the heart of the development agenda. In addition, it offers a strong theoretical basis for action and an insight into the practical application of popular education methods and is based upon strong traditions of practice experience from both the developing and developed worlds. The book is structured so that the theory and practice are integrated. Each chapter provides key discussion points, practice examples, learning activities and a summary of content and learning points.

The Legacy of Paulo Freire

The legacy of paulo freire

Chapter Objectives

This chapter explores the historical background and key theoretical contributions of Paulo Freire. Firstly it examines the processes of education which either domesticate and maintain the status quo or liberate and promote social change. It then examines education as a cultural process. In particular, it explores boundary situations, which are the socially produced barriers which limit the potentiality of groups and individuals. Finally it examines how levels of consciousness can be developed to support collective social action.

Historical Background

This brief biography draws on the very helpful work of Margaret Ledwith (2005) Denis Collins (1977), Peter Lownd (nd), Peter Mayo (1999) and the helpful Wikipedia entry which provides a useful starting point.

Paulo Freire is generally considered ...

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