One of my favourite books of all time. Be warned- the translation from portugese to English can make the text seem a little impenetrable at first. In fact, I've been using this book on various courses through the years, and would say it took many readings to grasp the timeless wisdom contained within. Freire understands deeply what it means to be oppressed, and manages to illustrate how many routes to freedom simply 'flip flop' the power of the oppressor onto the previously oppressed. That might not be too illuminating a review, but I ensure you grappling withthis book will leave you with a much more developed understading of power, love and the human condition. A must read for all and particularly relevant to professions where there's a vested interest in dismantling inequality.
Given that students are now the oppressed peasants, this should be on every academic's reading list. Freire is probably spinning in his grave at the marketisation of Higher Education and the ideological obfuscations that are accompanying it. Geoff