Title

On the Problematic of Emancipation

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2011

Publication Source

The Roundtable

Volume

3

Issue

2

Inclusive pages

online

Publisher

Society for the Philosophical Study of Education

Peer Reviewed

yes

Abstract

This paper begins with a presentation of the dialectic on the problematic of emancipation between critical literacy/pedagogy and critical white studies. It shows that these two perspectives each have a different focus on who (whether the oppressed or the dominant) should play a central role in the project of emancipation. Yet their focus prevents us from viewing the issue of emancipation from a broader spectrum. To supplement what is lacking in the existing literature, Habermas's analysis of emancipation, which does not preclude the oppressed or the dominant in its presupposition, is argued to provide new insights by redirecting our attention from the question of "who" to the issue of emancipation itself.

Keywords

emancipation, Habermas, critical literacy/pedagogy, critical white studies

Disciplines

Education

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