Early Writings in Social Justice Education
Carlos Alberto Torres
James A. Banks
Teachers College Press
In his new book, Carlos Alberto Torres, an internationally renowned critical theorist of education, explores the early writings of Paulo Freire, whose ideas have had a tremendous and long-lasting impact on the world of pedagogy and politics. Torres analyzes Freire’s works, from the 1960s and 1970s, before Freire gained worldwide recognition for his Pedagogy of the Oppressed. Offering an in-depth look into the formative thinking of Freire, Torres identifies how his ideas produced frameworks for educating global citizens, building community and mutual respect, creating social responsibility, instilling an appreciation for diversity, promoting multiple literacies, and social justice education. This volume is the result of more than 3 decades of research drawn from Freire’s personal library and the archives of the Paulo Freire Institute, as well as the author’s extensive conversations with Paulo Freire over 2 decades. Dr. Torres was also Freire’s adviser during his tenure as secretary of education in the Municipality of São Paulo, Brazil.
Carlos Alberto Torres is a political sociologist of education and distinguished professor of social sciences and comparative education, associate dean for global programs, and founding director of the Paulo Freire Institute, Graduate School of Education and Information Studies–UCLA. He is also president of the World Council of Comparative Education Societies (2013–2016). Visit the author’s website at www.carlosatorres.com.