Critical Consciousness: A Study Of Morality In Global, Historical Context

Hardcover | June 30, 2003

byElena Mustakova-possardt

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This volume is a study of empowered, resilient, and globally responsible moral consciousness in the historical context of a global transition to a new level of sociohistorical organization in society. This work develops further the Freirean concept of critical consciousness, and describes its lifespan ontogeny, integrating moral psychology, critical theory and cultural critique, education, religion, and social ethics theory with cross-cultural empirical research. What evolves is a new level of understanding of human motivation, and individual and collective human spiritual potential at the turn of the 21st century. Critical consciousness (CC) is analyzed in terms of the harmonious integration of mind and heart, of cognitive, volitional and affective capacities. Its lifespan evolution is described through three levels: Pre-CC, Transitional CC, and mature CC, and the dynamics of each level are explored through in-depth, cross-cultural case studies encompassing the continuum between ordinary people and moral leaders. The paradigmatic limitations of current education and social science from the prespective of the normative construct of critical consciousness are examined, and a foundation is provided for re-thinking contemporary educational vision. This work also explores the emerging spiritual psychology of integration at the turn of the century, as it begins to bridge the split between theory and praxis, to contribute more fully to the global efforts to evolve a civil society, based on justice and unity in diversity.

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This volume is a study of empowered, resilient, and globally responsible moral consciousness in the historical context of a global transition to a new level of sociohistorical organization in society. This work develops further the Freirean concept of critical consciousness, and describes its lifespan ontogeny, integrating moral psycho...

Format:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 9.52 × 6.4 × 0.85 inPublished:June 30, 2003Publisher:Praeger PublishersLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0275979113

ISBN - 13:9780275979119

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?While the central content of this book defends a critical consciousness framework, the final chapters challenge readers to add spirituality to educational programs and psychological research. Readers who search for cultural homogeneity are likely to find comfort in the theoretical emphasis on unity; cultural homogeneity appears to be prized over plurism. Others of us will find relief in listening closly to the perspectives of adults from Bulgaria and the United States who reveal the improbability of achieving this agenda.??Journal of Moral Education