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Talking with the right-wing: pernicious polarization in Brazil and the philosophy of Paulo Freire

Vrydagh, Fanny and Jiménez-Martínez, César ORCID: 2020. Talking with the right-wing: pernicious polarization in Brazil and the philosophy of Paulo Freire. International Communication Gazette 82 (5) , pp. 456-473. 10.1177/1748048520943695

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The last decade has witnessed the development of pernicious polarization in Brazil, partly due to the emergence of right-wing organizations promoting a conservative, populist-nationalist and neoliberal agenda. Despite the attention that this process has received, the viewpoints of individuals who identify themselves as part of the right-wing have been overlooked. This article aims to address this gap, drawing on twenty-one semi-structured interviews with members of right-wing organization Movimento Brasil Livre. By analyzing the interviews through the philosophy of Paulo Freire, we show how these individuals propose a narrative of oppression that echoes in form but not substance Freire’s ideas of conscientization and liberation. We also suggest that a Freirean approach opens new ways to discuss and potentially unlock pernicious polarization, incorporating a significant distinction between sectarians and radicals, with the former unreceptive to criticism and discussion, and the latter defending their positions but open to dialogue and listening.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Journalism, Media and Culture
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
F History United States, Canada, Latin America > F1201 Latin America (General)
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
Publisher: SAGE
ISSN: 1748-0485
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 17 July 2020
Date of Acceptance: 12 May 2020
Last Modified: 08 Nov 2022 02:53

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