Liberating Praxis

Paulo Freire’s Legacy for Radical Education and Politics

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"Arguably the most comprehensive and, in my estimation, most accurate account of Paulo Freire’s life, legacy and praxis − both his intellectual contributions and the application of his philosophy in various educational sites − has thankfully been published in paperback. Peter Mayo’s exceptional book is an essential pre-requisite for anyone wanting to engage in a serious study of Freire and/or the theoretical foundations of critical, and revolutionary critical, education. Congratulations to Mayo and Sense Publishers for making this valuable book more accessible to readers."
- Paula Allman, author of Revolutionary Social Transformation. Democratic Hopes, Political Possibilities and Critical Education and Critical Education Against Global Capitalism. Karl Marx and Revolutionary Critical Education

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"An authoritative account of the life of Freire and the value of Freirean pedagogy for the diverse pedagogical challenges of our time. For the Freirean scholar, it is an invaluable text covering ground that only a disciple of Freire with a deep understanding of his work and ideology could bring together. "—Michael Atkinson, in: Austalian Journal of Adult Learning (2014)

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"Arguably the most comprehensive and, in my estimation, most accurate account of Paulo Freire’s life, legacy and praxis—both his intellectual contributions and the application of his philosophy in various educational sites—has thankfully been published in paperback. Peter Mayo’s exceptional book is an essential pre-requisite for anyone wanting to engage in a serious study of Freire and/or the theoretical foundations of critical, and revolutionary critical, education. Congratulations to Mayo and Sense Publishers for making this valuable book more accessible to readers."—Paula Allman, author of Revolutionary Social Transformation. Democratic Hopes, Political Possibilities and Critical Education and Critical Education Against Global Capitalism. Karl Marx and Revolutionary Critical Education
"A brilliant and comprehensive analysis of Freire’s work. "—From the Foreword by Henry A. Giroux, McMaster University
"Mayo’s critique takes on an even more distinctive cast insofar as it is linked to the analysis of the intensification of globalisation and the phenomenon of neocolonialism. Drawing on diverse works by Fanon, Said, Rodney, Foucault and Freire himself, Mayo weaves a complex discourse on pedagogy, social difference, multiethnicity, the canon, and the subaltern."—Gloria Lauri Lucente, in: Journal of Mediterranean Studies
"This is an enormously informative and engaging book for anyone who claims to be a critical pedagogue …I find this book an invaluable resource. Threading Freire’s contribution through each chapter, Mayo identifies a wide array of people who have engaged with his work in contexts around the world. However, more than that, he offers stimulating challenges for our times by considering the ongoing usefulness of Freire to his region, the Mediterranean and to specific projects in which he has actively engaged in praxis"—Margaret Ledwith, in: Educational Action Research
"The present book has been written by an admirer and connoisseur of Freire, one who has had first-hand access to the relevant sources. Mayo makes brilliant use of his material in what amounts to a highly interesting and insightful study."—Mohammed Sabour, in: International Journal of Contemporary Sociology
"A meticulous piece of work that updates and weaves Freire’s thought with that of other critical educators and philosophers, producing a text of great clarity and valuable insight. Mayo’s exploration of the concept of 'reinvention' and the concrete application of Freire’s ideas to his own context constitutes an excellent example of praxis in the emancipatory education in which he engages. This work substantially advances the understanding of adult education for transformative ends."—Nelly Stromquist, University of Southern California
"A path-finding work by one of the world’s leading Freirean scholars. The current political climate and the intensification of Neoliberalism as a global strategy of exploitation demands that we take Paulo Freire’s legacy to heart, and Mayo’s treatment of Freire’s pedagogy and politics makes this urgently clear. It also sets the terms of the debate for how educators can proceed apace in taking up the struggle for social transformation."—Peter McLaren, Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, UCLA
"This is a short book which offers a wide overview of Freire’s work: it is written by an author who has spent many years studying his writings and who has considerable sympathy with them. As an introduction to Freire, it is comprehensive and would prove useful to recommend as a text to students or educators who are unfamiliar with the body of Freire’s work."—Peter Jarvis, in: International Journal of Lifelong Education
"In the second half of Liberating Praxis, Peter Mayo introduces his own struggles and dreams and, in so doing, honors the man he writes about and whose final assignment (‘Reinvent me’) inspires some of us to live life and go about our business as if every day were our last."—Peter Lownds, in: Journal of Transformative Education
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