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Rethinking Freire: Globalization and the Environmental Crisis

reviewed by Richard Kahn - 2006

coverTitle: Rethinking Freire: Globalization and the Environmental Crisis
Author(s): C.A. Bowers and Frédérique Apffel-Marglin (Editors)
Publisher: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc., Mahwah, NJ
ISBN: 0805851143, Pages: 204, Year: 2005
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The political legacy of Paulo Freire, roughly spanning a period from the 1950s to the present, runs in large part alongside contemporary globalization processes and the emergence of the general acknowledgment of widespread environmental crises. Despite Freire’s rise to fame as an anti-imperialist who railed against “cultural invasion” and his well-known indignation at oppressive neoliberalism in its many guises, the essays collected in Rethinking Freire seek to more deeply implicate the radical pedagogue as unconsciously complicit with the aggressive and unsavory aspects of global development agendas. Further, as the book links environmental crisis to the industrialized and monetized secular culture that has proven to be entailed by developmental modernization, Freirean pedagogy is additionally tagged as being a hindrance in the ongoing fight for ecological sustainability. Those familiar with C.A. Bowers’s work, or who count themselves scholars of Freire, know that Bowers first advanced this critique in the important essay from 1983,... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 108 Number 1, 2006, p. 63-67
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11867, Date Accessed: 6/13/2021 1:25:46 AM

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  • Richard Kahn
    University of California, Los Angeles
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    RICHARD KAHN is the Research Associate in Ecopedagogy for the UCLA Paulo Freire Institute. His research interests are based in the critical theory of education and involve pedagogical issues of promoting technological sustainability in multicultural movements for social and ecological justice, challenging speciesism, and charting the conceptual foundations for ecoliteracy in the philosophy and history of education. He is the recent co-author, with Douglas Kellner, of “Paulo Freire and Ivan Illich: Technology, Politics, and the Reconstruction of Education” in C. Torres (ed.), Paulo Freire and the Possible Dream (University of Illinois Press, forthcoming). Additionally, he is the co-editor of two current books: Theory, Facts, and Interpretation in Educational and Social Research (Rodn “WOM” Publishers, 2004) and The Douglas Kellner Reader (Paradigm Publishers, forthcoming).
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