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ERIC Number: EJ881042
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Feb
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 25
ISSN: ISSN-1467-5986
A Reciprocal Global Education? Working towards a More Humanizing Pedagogy through Critical Literacy
Renner, Adam; Brown, Milton; Stiens, Gina; Burton, Sonya
Intercultural Education, v21 n1 p41-54 Feb 2010
Dehumanizing tendencies within the present neo-liberal era provide the backdrop against which the authors have developed an 11-year partnership in the Global South. The economic context encourages competition over community and, while portending to bring people closer together through technological advances, it only facilitates the flow of commerce and capital while stemming the movement of consumers and workers. The authors provide a nuanced historical perspective leading up to the neo-liberal moment, which notices the emergence of patriarchy, Christianity, racism, and capitalism as particular forms of social control, oppression and dehumanization. Recognizing the constructed nature of these forms, the authors propose community, consciousness, and courage as liberating ways forward towards the creation of an alternative form--a more reciprocal global education. While documenting some of their 11-year partnership, the authors reveal the contribution of the following theorists who have impacted their praxis: Paul Kivel (social service vs social change), Paul Farmer (charity vs development vs social justice approaches to "service" work), and Paul Gorski (decolonizing intercultural education). The authors conclude by (re)examining their desire to resist neo-liberal globalizing tendencies towards a more reciprocal global education which expands upon relationships built and focuses on a critical literacy approach though the use of culture circles.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Jamaica