International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR)

International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR)
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Research Paper | Journalism & Mass Communication | India | Volume 12 Issue 12, December 2023


Critical Perspectives on Communication for Development: Reading Paulo Freire's "Pedagogy of the Oppressed"

Dr. Ashes K. Nayak


Abstract: Paulo Freire is considered as one of the well - known development philosophers of the twentieth century. His philosophy of development/liberation has influenced almost all the areas of social science and humanities including communication and literacy studies. Starting from his contribution to the field of educational philosophy to development theory, Paulo Freire has left an uncontestable mark in the field of critical literacy, popularly termed by him as "conscientization", or "critical consciousness". His idea on dialogic - pedagogy has revolutionary potentials to reorganize the communication structure and the understanding on the concept of development. However, except for a few communications for development theorist, such as Jan Servaes, the application of Paulo's thoughts in the field of development communication and its approaches seems more or less invisible in the academic and professional discourse. Keeping these facts in context, the paper here aims to reorient the discourse on development communication with a critical posture by a close reading of Paulo Freire's "Pedagogy of the Oppressed". This would challenge the existing narratives on development communication by reconnecting it with the liberation philosophy of Paulo Freire as elucidated in his influential text.


Keywords: dialogic - pedagogy, conscientization, critical consciousness, critical posture, liberation philosophy, Paulo Freire


Edition: Volume 12 Issue 12, December 2023,


Pages: 2061 - 2064


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