Tuesday, May 25, 2004

"Suggesting that a student take ownership of their own words is not a matter of empowerment; it is a suggestion that they pay close attention to their potentialities. Power is always exercised socially; but potential is always collected individually."(this Public Address 3.0 | Ownership)

:: note :: . . . a powerful statement . . . at times students must exercise exchanges of power, particularly in institutions listening only to the powerful before acting in any way . . . Paolo Freire in Pedagogy of the Oppressed contributes to the dialogue on this ability to distinquish between power and potentiality . . . vigilant attention is required . . . and yet when connections are made between the pedagogy and theater of the oppressed I have been unwilling to study power as an ideology . . . the question which haunts is does viewing social exchange in terms of power create the power structures and if other templates like gift exchange were adopted what sort of structure would evolve . . .