Decolonizing ways of knowing: communion, conversion and conscientization

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Austin, Jon. 2015. "Decolonizing ways of knowing: communion, conversion and conscientization." Peters, Michael A. and Besley, Tina (ed.) Paulo Freire: the global legacy. New York, United States. Peter Lang Publishing. pp. 489-501
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Decolonizing ways of knowing: communion, conversion and conscientization

Book Chapter CategoryEdited book (chapter)
ERA Publisher ID2934
Book TitlePaulo Freire: the global legacy
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AuthorAustin, Jon
EditorsPeters, Michael A. and Besley, Tina
Volume500
Page Range489-501
SeriesCounterpoints: Studies in the Postmodern Theory of Education
Chapter Number31
Number of Pages13
Year2015
PublisherPeter Lang Publishing
Place of PublicationNew York, United States
ISBN9781433125324
9781453914083
ISSN1058-1634
Abstract

The struggle to know and name the world is a central aspect of any decolonising project, and Freire’s notion of conscientização (conscientization) names a form of critical engagement with the realities of the lived experience of the colonized world. It is not enough to know the world; knowledge must be brought to bear on changing the world.
This chapter looks to draw together three key ideas from de-colonial activists to anchor an exploration of the experiences of the (white) author with Indigenous scholars engaged in research work where indigenous ways of knowing have been, in effect, quarantined by those scholars Outside the academy. The inability/refusal of these scholars to see and acknowledge the legitimacy of their culturally familiar ways of knowing (Du Bois’s (1903) double consciousness) can be seen to be a manifestation of the cultural amputation Fanon (1967) so vehemently resisted.
The central concern of this chapter is to draw from the experience of deliberately engaging a process approaching that of conscientization, where shadows of vanguardism and neo-colonial manoeuvres were (possibly) cast unwittingly across an intent to expose and disrupt colonized ways of knowing, to consider the implications of Freire’s (1970) idea of communion for collaborative decolonial praxis

KeywordsFreire; conscientization; communion
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020399999. Other education not elsewhere classified
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Byline AffiliationsCentre for Australian Indigenous Knowledges
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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