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Brazilian educator Paulo Freire is by many considered a key source for ‘critical pedagogy’. In 1968 Freire wrote Pedagogy of the Oppressed (in English 1970) which became influential for education in many parts of the world. Freire’s pedagogy was based on dialogue and aimed at the emancipation of the oppressed, who in Freire’s case were Brazilian farmers.
Today - 50 years after Pedagogy of the Oppressed – Freire’s work continues to echo in educational practice and thinking, but the intial promise of ‘emancipation through dialogue’ has been challenged by several scholars within critical pedagogy. One of them is Elizabeth Ellsworth who in 1989 wrote the article Why doesn’t this feel empowering?, where she engaged with what she saw as ‘the repressive myths of critical pedagogy’.