The Dialectical Imagination of Maxine Greene: Social Imagination as Critical Pedagogy

Education and Culture 32 (1):15 (2016)


Over 25 years ago, 1988 to be exact, Maxine Greene delivered the annual John Dewey Lecture. That lecture, “The Dialectic of Freedom,” was the foundation for her book of the same title, also published in 1988 by Teachers College Press. In his foreword to the book, the late Bob Gowin, a philosopher of education at Cornell University, introduced the text with the following:Many dialectics are working in this beautifully written book, and no single formulation will capture the whole. It is a book about social freedom based on naming and resisting and overcoming obstacles in order to achieve freedom. It is a book on social imagination, speculative audacity, and intimations of power over our futuresI want to echo his...

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