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Repressive education and emancipatory education: notes about authoritarian personality and its consequences in education

Anita Schlesener About the author


The object of this study is repressive education as an institution of the social structure and how to reflect, in these social conditions, on an emancipatory education. The concept of education that we assume here is that our socialization process forms our perception and our conception of the world, in a dynamic that extends from birth to death. Educating implies preparing for a civilization project, which reveals the political content of the educational process. To develop this study, we return to the interdisciplinary research of the Group of sociologists and psychologists published in 1950 on the authoritarian personality, in order to explain the phenomenon of prejudice and its traits in the personality formation, not only from a socio-psychological perspective, but also from a political and educational perspective. It should be noted the relevance of the topic before the rise of conservative and reactionary movements at the beginning of this century.

Authoritarianism; Repressive Education; Emancipatory Education

Programa de Pós-Graduação em Serviço Social e Curso de Graduação em Serviço Social da Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina , Centro Socioeconômico , Curso de Graduação em Serviço Social , Programa de Pós-Graduação em Serviço Social, Campus Universitário Reitor João David Ferreira Lima, 88040-900 - Florianópolis - Santa Catarina - Brasil, Tel. +55 48 3721 6524 - Florianópolis - SC - Brazil