Paulo Freire and Transformative Education

Changing Lives and Transforming Communities

  • Alethea Melling
  • Ruth Pilkington

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxiii
  2. Alethea Melling
    Pages 1-11
  3. Freire on the International Stage

  4. Transforming Communities

  5. Pedagogies

  6. Conclusions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 267-267
    2. Alethea Melling
      Pages 269-272

About this book


This book brings together a range of global and local themes inspired by the work of Paulo Freire. Freire believed in the possibility of change, rejecting the neoliberal discourse that presents poverty as inevitable: his core principle emphasised the prerogative of transforming the world, rather than adapting to an unethical world order. This responsibility to intervene in reality as educators is explored in detail in this edited collection. Including such diverse themes as pedagogical approaches to globalisation, social mobility, empowerment and valuing diversity within communities, the volume is highly relevant to pedagogical practice. Sharing the transformative power of ‘being’ through popular education and the solidarity economy, this innovative book will be of interest to scholars of Paulo Freire, transformative education and diversity in education.


paulo freire transformative education educational inequality societal inequality democratic pedagogy transformative pedagogy Pedagogy of the Oppressed

Editors and affiliations

  • Alethea Melling
    • 1
  • Ruth Pilkington
    • 2
  1. 1.University of Central LancashirePrestonUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.University of Central LancashirePrestonUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-1-137-54249-6
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-54250-2
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