Pedagogy of the Oppressed

By Paulo Freire,

Book cover of Pedagogy of the Oppressed

Book description

First published in Portuguese in 1968, Pedagogy of the Oppressed was translated and published in English in 1970. Paulo Freire's work has helped to empower countless people throughout the world and has taken on special urgency in the United States and Western Europe, where the creation of a permanent underclass…

Shepherd is reader supported. When you buy books, we may earn an affiliate commission.

Why read it?

2 authors picked Pedagogy of the Oppressed as one of their favorite books. Why do they recommend it?

In Pedagogy of the Oppressed, Freire makes claims so bold, and so revolutionary, that the book was banned in much of the Global South during the era of dictatorships in the 70s.

One of the central ideas was this: The oppressed are as capable and as intelligent as their oppressors. They need not be treated as requiring “help” or “guidance,” which are dynamics that can lend themselves to inequitable power constructs.

This worldview, in which one group of people is needed in order to “save” another group of people, is the intellectual foundation from which we’ve built systems of oppression…

From David's list on advocates of economic justice.

With this study, the legendary Brazilian educator Paulo Freire, delivered a manifesto for a critical pedagogy that continues to undergird the mission statement of many university departments all over the world, and in particular in the Global South, from the Humanities to the Social Sciences. The book tells the story of the eternal struggle between the ruling classes and the underprivileged castes in society, and their resistance against the oppressive power of that system. I read this book at SOAS University of London. It has informed my understanding of civil resistance as a form of democratic empowerment which is so…

From Arshin's list on power and resistance.

Want books like Pedagogy of the Oppressed?

Our community of 10,000+ authors has personally recommended 100 books like Pedagogy of the Oppressed.

Browse books like Pedagogy of the Oppressed

5 book lists we think you will like!

Interested in philosophy, education, and pedagogy?

10,000+ authors have recommended their favorite books and what they love about them. Browse their picks for the best books about philosophy, education, and pedagogy.

Philosophy Explore 1,579 books about philosophy
Education Explore 99 books about education
Pedagogy Explore 12 books about pedagogy