Hi there tout la gang,

We don't have much to say about research in practice at the Café right now

but we are talking policy and practice over here now: Literacy Enquirers.

Wednesday, July 4, 2007

critical consciousness

à propos of nothing ;-)

"Washing one's hands of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless means to side with the powerful, not to be neutral."

"But almost always, during the initial stage of the struggle, the oppressed, instead of striving for liberation, tend themselves to become oppressors, or sub oppressors. The very structure of their thought has been conditioned by the contradiction of the concrete, existential situation by which they were shaped. Their ideal is to be men; but for them to be men is to be oppressors."

"The oppressor consciousness tends to transform everything surrounding it into an object of its domination. The earth, property, production, the creation of people, people themselves, time, everything is reduced to the status of objects at its disposal. ...The oppressed, as objects, as things, have no purposes except those their oppressor prescribes for them."

"It is absolutely essential that the oppressed participate in the revolutionary process with an increasingly critical awareness of their role as subjects of the transformation."
Paulo Freire
from Pedagogy of the Oppressed, 1968
compiled by M. M. (thanks!)

1 comment:

Nancy Friday said...

Right on baby!

Reading these words makes me reflect on what I am feeling oppressed by - and what comes easily to mind is globalization, unbridled capitalism and consumerism, and how these concepts are controlling us instead of us controlling them.

These are all in big ways controlling what happens in literacy programs.

I think the peoples of the world needs to say "STOP" all together in a very big way and regain perspective, on the environment, on what is valued on the planet, on how we care for each other's needs, on why we are even alive.

Small is better I believe. Everything is becoming too big and all-consuming.

So I am taking advantage of this space to say "STOP" the craziness. Let's stop oppressing ourselves!


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