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Unformatted text preview: Pamela Yang ENG1A Swanson February 9, 2008 A “Problem-posing” Class: Figuring out Difficult Texts “Populist manifestations perhaps best exemplify this type of behavior by the oppressed, who, by identifying with charismatic leaders, come to feel that they themselves are active and effective. The rebellion they express as they emerge in the historical process is motivated by that desire to act effectively. The dominant elites consider the remedy to be more domination and repression, carried out in the name of freedom, order, and social peace (that is, the peace of the elites). Thus they can condemn—logically from their point of view—“the violence of a strike by workers and [can] call upon the state in the same breath to use violence in putting down the strike. (pg261)” The terminologies used in the sentences are difficult to understand, especially in the context Freire uses them. The dictionary’s definition for populism is a political philosophy supporting the rights and power of the people in their struggle against the privileged elite, and for...
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This note was uploaded on 04/22/2008 for the course ENG 1A taught by Professor Swanson during the Spring '08 term at Chaminade University.
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