On the Problematic of Emancipation
Society for the Philosophical Study of Education
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.
emancipation, Habermas, critical literacy/pedagogy, critical white studies
Cheu-jey Lee (2011).
On the Problematic of Emancipation. The Roundtable.3 (2), online. Society for the Philosophical Study of Education.