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[Xmca-l] Re: Sociocritical Literacies and more context

Greg and Annalisa,

The question you raise, and a point made earlier by Peter, seems to me the
outcome of post-colonial literature. This is why there is a need for the
"Western intellectual" to "go East." This was the conclusion of Edward
Said's "Orientalism" and other post-colonial theorists. Since the time of
Napoleon, the "Western intellectual" had been going east, engaged in
"subaltern studies" for the purpose of conquest and cultural domination.
He/She must now "go East" to hear/listen to the "other" in order to reclaim
its self and embrace a pedagogy of "decolonization." If the "Western
intellectual" is the oppressor, then "going East" to "hear" is his/her
pedagogy. I believe this was at the at the heart of Freire's "Pedagogy of
the Oppressed" as well. A pedagogy that is just as "critical" and liberatory
for the so called "oppressor" as it is for the so called "oppressed." This
is a dialectic missing in today's critical, ethnic, and "subaltern" studies


Aria Razfar, Ph.D.
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University of Illinois at Chicago
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Subject: [Xmca-l] Re: Sociocritical Literacies and more context

Hi Greg,

You know, I think you are on to something there. 

As long as there isn't a subsequent Oppression of the Pedagogy of the
Oppressors, I think it could work!

Kind regards,


On Jan 3, 2015 9:21 AM,  Greg Thompson <greg.a.thompson@gmail.com> wrote:

Seems to me that Spivak's "Can the subaltern speak?" is just as much a
question of "Can the Western intellectual hear/listen?"

Makes me wonder about articulating a Pedagogy of the Oppressors.