Imagine that instead of writing Pedagogy of the Oppressed Freire had written “Pedagogy of the Disenfranchised.” The first title utilizes a discourse that names the oppressor, whereas the second fails to do so. If you have an “oppressed,” you must have an “oppressor”. What would be the counterpart of disenfranchised? “Pedagogy of the Disenfranchised” dislodges the agent of the action while leaving in doubt who bears the responsibility for such action. This leaves the ground wide open for blaming the victim of disenfranchisement for his or her own disenfranchisement. This example is a clear case in which the object of oppression can also be understood as the subject of oppression. Language like this distorts reality.
—Donaldo Macedo, Introduction to Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paulo Freire.
Liberals often like to examine the “individual” as the sole subject of understanding and thus fail to understand the social relations which make up society, instead reducing this to understanding individual ‘failings’ and ‘successes’ based on character, aptitude or effort. (via rosaluxmemeburg)