The State, Literacy, and Popular Education in Chile, 1964-1990

The State, Literacy, and Popular Education in Chile, 1964-1990

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The popular education and adult literacy movements in Chile have historically represented competing paths toward a literate society: one born and nurtured through bitter nineteenth-century labor struggles, the other a compensatory effort by the modern state to limit the political potential of literacy. Robert Austin's book explores the contest between the state and popular education in three paradigmatic Latin American regimes: that of Eduardo Frei Montalva (Christian Democrat, 1964-70), Salvador Allende (Socialist, 1970-73) and Augustus Pinochet (Dictator, 1973-90).
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  • Hardback | 416 pages
  • 154.94 x 228.6 x 35.56mm | 680.39g
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739102885
  • 9780739102886
  • 2,265,962

Table of contents

Chapter 1 The Political Economy of Chile: From Independence to Estado Docente, 1810-1920 Chapter 2 Popular Education from Estado Docente to Estado de Compromiso, 1920-1964 Chapter 3 Literacy and the Model "Alliance" State, 1964-1970 Chapter 4 Popular Education and Popular Struggle, 1964-1970 Chapter 5 Popular Unity, Popular Education, and Literacy, 1970-1973 Chapter 6 Mobilization, Literacy Texts, and Freirian Praxis, 1970-1973 Chapter 7 Neoliberal versus Popular Literacy, 1973-1980 Chapter 8 Adult Literacy, Education Reform, and "Tucanes," 1980-1989 Chapter 9 Foreign Interests: Re-articulating National and Transnational Literacy, 1974-1989 Chapter 10 Conclusions: Towards a Political Economy of Popular Education
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Robert [Austin] has structured what is, probably, the most complete work written on Chile in the field. -- Gabriel Salazar, Universidad de Chile Robert Austin has produced a fascinating analysis of the development of education policies in a Third World nation, and how the problem of illiteracy was overcome and why. This remarkable investigative achievement will be of special interest to cultural historians, political scientists, and those interested in education policies in Latin America. -- Graham E.L. Holton, Institute of Latin American Studies, La Trobe University, Bundoora, Victoria, Australia Journal of Iberian and Latin American Studies This substantial volume constitutes an enourmous challenge both to Latin Americanists and to those who seek points of comparision in the analysis of historical processes. Hispanic American Historical Review The State, Literacy, and Popular Education in Chile, 1964-1990 is different and challenging, and as such will invigorate the study of the history of adult and popular education in Latin America. -- Asuncion Lavrin, Arizona State University From The Foreword
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About Robert Austin

Robert Austin is Research Associate at the Centro de Estudios y Capacitacion Tecnico Pedagogica in Santiago, Chile. He holds a Ph.D. in History from La Trobe University.
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