Title

Reconstructing Freire, extending Habermas: The contribution of critical pedagogy to communicative action and the possibility of democracy.

Date of Award

2004

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A.

Department

Communication Studies

First Advisor

Ruggles, M.,

Keywords

Education, Philosophy of.

Rights

CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

Abstract

This thesis is ultimately concerned with the relationship between education and democracy. By taking up the work of two theorists, Jurgen Habermas and Paulo Freire, this thesis takes education and democracy to each be specialized communications procedures which have an impact upon each other. By taking up the work of Habermas, I am able to present a specific theory of communication which demonstrates the internal relationship between communication and democracy, and which proposes a theory of social action and co-ordination based on the processes of communication. By taking up Freire's work, I am able to present a model of education which is specifically concerned with emancipation and is grounded in the process of dialogue. This thesis draws out some of the specific parallels between the respective works of these theorists, and argues that by combining the efforts of the two, it is possible to propose an understanding of education as a process which has important implication for the possibility of democracy.Dept. of Communication Studies. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis2004 .B63. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 43-03, page: 0670. Adviser: M. Ruggles. Thesis (M.A.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 2004.