International Review of Education

, Volume 63, Issue 1, pp 129–131 | Cite as

Paulo Freire for the ages

First Freire: Early writings in social justice education. By Carlos Alberto Torres. Teachers College Press, New York, 2014, 177 pp. ISBN 978-0-8077-5534-1 (hbk), ISBN 978-0-8077-5533-4 (pbk), ISBN 978-0-8077-7289-8 (eBook) Paulo Freire. By Daniel Schugurensky. Bloomsbury, New York and London, 2014, 252 pp. Bloomsbury Library of Educational Thought series. ISBN 978-1-4725-1885-9 (pbk), 978-1-4411-7490-1 (ePUB)
  • Linda HerreraEmail author
Book Review

Paulo Freire (1921–1997) is arguably the most written-about philosopher of education, critical pedagogue and educational revolutionary of the 20th century. Hundreds of books and thousands of articles spanning multiple languages have been devoted to his life, ideas and educational experiments. Can yet two more works by seasoned “Freirean” scholars published in the second decade of the 21st century add to the already prolific canon of Freire studies? In a word, yes. First Freire: Early writings in social justice education by Carlos Alberto Torres, and Paulo Freire by Daniel Schugurensky have brought fresh perspectives to the life and times of Freire while constructing the historical context, assembling the eclectic ideas, and reiterating the concepts conscientization, praxis and dialogue which give Freire such staying power.

Torres and Schugurensky can be classified as first-generation Freire scholars.1Both authors initially came across Freire’s writings as young men in Argentina...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignChampaignUSA

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