Book review of pedagogy of the oppressed

, Varun (2019) Book review of pedagogy of the oppressed. Students’ Journal of Education and Development (5). pp. 81-88.

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This article summarises some of Paulo Freire’s major arguments in Pedagogy of the Oppressed and how these connect with certain contemporary issues. The review follows the progression of the book in terms of analysing each chapter separately, and it also includes some of the questions that came up in my reading of this book. I was able to make several connections to Ambedkar’s beliefs and his line of arguments as well as Gandhi’s approach to address oppressive situations. The different approaches followed by both these individuals, I argue, could be explained with the help of some of Freire’s theories. One can also analyse the historical struggle of the oppressed classes in India, specifically Dalits and tribal communities, with the lens Freire is providing in this book. The article also touches upon some personal and professional connections I could make as an educator.

Item Type: Articles in APF Magazines
Authors: , Varun
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Uncontrolled Keywords: Education, Curriculum, Education policy, Pedagogy, Oppressed, Paulo Freire, Literacy
Subjects: Social sciences > Education
Divisions: Azim Premji University > University Publications > Students’ Journal of Education and Development
Full Text Status: Public
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