ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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From 25 Years Ago: Freire’s Legacy 

Vol XXXIII, No 46 NOVEMBER 14, 1998

Krishna Kumar

Towards the end of the 1960s Freire was thrown into exile by the military rulers of his native Brazil. They had found the 43-year old Freire guilty of encouraging peasants to reflect on their own condition with a view to waging a collective effort towards changing it. For Freire, this was an educational engagement with the people. Out of this experience and the response it received from the people and their military rulers, Freire composed his elaborate philosophical statement which first appeared in English translation in the early 1970s under the title Pedagogy of the Oppressed. Within a short while, the book became a worldwide hit, initially competing with another popular text of the 1970s, namely Deschooling Society by Ivan Illich, but eventually outpacing it. […] Freire’s last book, published just before his death, was Letters to Christina, his niece to whom he wrote some 18 long letters explaining his life and work. The last letter shows how anxious Freire was in the evening of his life about the threat posed to human dignity and freedom by what he called the rebirth of Nazi-Fascist ideology everywhere and the left’s vacillating stance towards its own role. 

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Updated On : 3rd Nov, 2023
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