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ERIC Number: EJ1061869
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 51
ISSN: ISSN-0305-7925
The Stark Reality of the "White Saviour" Complex and the Need for Critical Consciousness: A Document Analysis of the Early Journals of a Freirean Educator
Straubhaar, Rolf
Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education, v45 n3 p381-400 2015
While the anglophone academic literature has long engaged in analysis of the role of privilege in the work of educators in the Global North, this article represents an initial foray into such analysis in non-formal educational settings in the Global South. Through a cultural-textual document analysis of 12?months of personal journal entries written by the author while working as a Freirean adult educator in Mozambique, this article documents a lack of recognition of social privilege exhibited by the author in these entries, which is here referred to as the "White Saviour" complex. This article also documents how the pursuit of what Freire calls "critical consciousness" can effectively problematise this privileged mindset.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Information Analyses; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Mozambique