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Che Guevara, Paulo Freire and the Pedagogy of Revolution


reviewed by Phil Francis Carspecken — 2002

coverTitle: Che Guevara, Paulo Freire and the Pedagogy of Revolution
Author(s): Peter McLaren
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield, Lanham
ISBN: 0847695336, Pages: 264, Year: 2000
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Che Guevara, Paulo Freire, and the Pedagogy of Revolution is far too rich a book for a short review to do it much justice. It is absolutely full of McLaren-style insights (e.g., the "convenient alliance between the new fast capitalism and conventional cognitive science" p. 86), new theory (e.g., an extremely interesting section on paranoic world-self constitution in capitalist social formations), artistic uses of language (e.g., "The commercialized Che, however, is where the numinous and numismatic meet." p. 11), facts (e.g., the gap between rich and poor in Latin America is now 150 to 1; it was 60 to 1 when Che Guevara died) and many aesthetic-inspirational formulations: "Che’s spirit lives and beckons us to still the swirl of confusion that envelopes us and to steady our gaze toward the future." (p. 13). The book calls to the heart and mind simultaneously. In this review I will focus on the call this book registers on the hearts of readers and the hope it offers to... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 104 Number 1, 2002, p. 22-26
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 10720, Date Accessed: 10/20/2017 3:19:43 AM

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  • Phil Carspecken
    University of Houston
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    Phil Francis Carspecken is professor of Inquiry and Philosophy at Indiana University's School of Education. He teaches and conducts scholary work in the fields of critical qualitative research methodology, social theory, social philosophy and philosophical issues in inquiry.
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