First Annual Social Theory Forum on Paulo Freire, 2004, UMass Boston

Liberating Social Theory: Inspirations from Paulo Freire for Learning, Teaching, and Advancing Social Theory in Applied Settings

Proceedings of the First Annual Social Theory Forum, April 7, 2004, UMass Boston

Discourse of Sociological Practice
Department of Sociology, UMass Boston

Volume 6 • Issue 2 • Fall 2004

Guest Editor of this Proceedings Issue:
Mohammad H. Tamdgidi, UMass Boston


The first annual Social Theory Forum conference at UMass Boston focused on the exploration of applied strategies for learning, teaching, and research in a liberating framework—i.e., strategies that adopt practical and critical transformative attitudes towards taken-for-granted and habituated social structures. In this pursuit, it sought to draw inspirations from Paulo Freire’s critical pedagogy and philosophy for the promotion of liberating theoretical literacy.

Number of Pages: 280
Language: English
7×10 inches


From the Editor: Can Social Theory Be Liberating?
Siamak Movahedi

Teaching and Learning Social Theory to Advance Social Transformation: Some Insights, Implications, and Practical Suggestions from Paulo Freire
Samuel Zalanga

Freire vs. Marx: The Tension Between Liberating Pedagogy and Student Alienation
Jonathan Martin

Teaching, Learning, Diversity: Just Don’t Call It Epistemology
Esther Kingston-Mann

Questioning Pedagogy: Reflections on the Critical Theory of Curriculum
Bart Bonikowski

Helping Students Make Sense of Mills’ Sociological Imagination
Estelle Disch

Commentary: Staying True to Freirean Praxis as well as Theory
Tim Sieber

Critical Pedagogy of Writing: Evaluation of Possibilities and Limitations in the Context of Authoritarian Japan
Rika Yonemura

Toward a Non-Essentialist Pedagogy of “Islam”
Khaldoun Samman

Marx, Arendt and Habermas on Common Interests and Public Action: Reflections on the Modern Indian State
Kelli Joseph

A Synergistic Curriculum for the Distressed: Mediating the Accommodation of Diverse Students into Academia
Leor Alcalay

Commentary: Pedagogy and Praxis in the International Sphere
Rajini Srikanth

The Sociology of Why I Smoke: Theoretical Reflections on a Deadly Habit
Emily Margulies

A Sociological Analysis of Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s Herland and With Her in Ourland
Haley Salinas

Oliver C. Cox on Caste, Class and Race: Theoretical and Policy Implications for a Color Blind Society
Milton Butts, Jr.

Charles Cooley: Traveler in the Inner and Social Worlds
Glenn Jacobs

Freire Meets Gurdjieff and Rumi: Toward the Pedagogy of the Oppressed and Oppressive Selves
Mohammad Tamdgidi

The Poet and the Educator: Notes for a Comparative Study on the Early Works of Octavio Paz and Paulo Freire
Jorge Capetillo-Ponce

Commentary: Transformation of the Self: Pedagogies from the Margin
Emmett Schaefer

Selected Student Feedbacks on Freire
Shkeya Brittle, David St.Clair, Jessica Santiccioli, Richard Batakis, Paul Kane, Karla Rainford, Efrain Toledano


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