The World is emerging on the current relevance of Paulo Freire.

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Paulo Freire was the most outstanding popular educator in Brazil and founder of pedagogy of liberation and a mass movement for adult alphabetization. His educational approach based on raising the consciousness (Conscientização) links action to reflection. This article analyses the contribution of Freire's posture and worldview for current development studies and education. The following arguments are presented in four sections: Firstly, reading the world is a critical undertaking to understand the reality based on dialogue, dialectics and a contextualized and problem-oriented approach. Secondly writing the world is acting in a world structured by domination and oppression which calls for a non-dualistic approach that links agency and structure and ethics and rationality in an attempt of overall democratization. Section three is dedicated to case studies which aim at contextualizing Freire's approach for Vienna in the 21st century. Section four summarizes the arguments, focusing on its implications for development studies by pursuing the traditions introduced by Pierre Bourdieu and Roy Bhaskar.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2 - 16
JournalAktion und Reflexion
Issue numberNov.
Publication statusPublished - 2009

Austrian Classification of Fields of Science and Technology (ÖFOS)

  • 507026 Economic geography
  • 507019 Urban development planning
  • 502027 Political economy
  • 504030 Economic sociology
  • 507
  • 507014 Regional development
  • 507016 Regional economy
  • 509003 Development cooperation
  • 509
  • 506007 International relations
  • 502049 Economic history

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