Freire and Bourdieu Questions for Jane Barry’s Group

Jane was having trouble posting so here are her questions:

How have your school experiences both as a student and an educator confirmed or refuted Freire’s perspective on emotional dependency and oppression in our school systems? Do you think that dependency catalyzes oppression or that oppression causes dependency? Why?

Can people with exposure and access to social, cultural and economic capital feel solidarity with the oppressed? Or do you think those people by nature become oppressors? Do you think that the social justice and service culture at BC falls into people with capital trying to be in solidarity with the oppressed or “false generosity”? Who does this well? How can we as educators work understand the oppression and dependancies our students feel?


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