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Four / Paulo Freire & the World Council of Churches in the First & Third Worlds, 1969–1980

Andrew J. Kirkendall

in Paulo Freire & the Cold War Politics of Literacy

Published by University of North Carolina Press

Published in print October 2010 | ISBN: 9780807834190
Published online July 2014 | e-ISBN: 9781469606309
Four / Paulo Freire & the World Council of Churches in the First & Third Worlds, 1969–1980

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This chapter shows how Paulo Freire became an international figure in the 1970s. He traveled endlessly, mostly on behalf of the World Council of Churches (WCC), though not tirelessly. Freire's ideas traveled even more widely and spread more rapidly around the world. If his Chilean experience had given Freire a broader Latin American perspective, he now increasingly spoke as a representative of the Third World. Freire began to have an impact in industrialized nations as well as in other developing countries beyond Latin America, often in ways that seemed to contradict his theories. It was a heady and, for him, in many ways, satisfying time. Freire's activities during this decade have received less sustained scholarly attention, and there has been little effort made to distinguish even between the endeavors that took a great deal of his intellectual and emotional energies and those which received considerably less.

Keywords: Paulo Freire; international figure; WCC; Chilean experience

Chapter.  11970 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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