Vol. 28 (2021)

COUNTER-HEGEMONIC PEDAGOGICAL PRACTICE: The Role of Caribbean Emancipatory Pedagogy

Mervin Everton Chisholm
The University of the West Indies, Mona Kingston 7 Jamaica

Published 2021-12-21


  • Caribbean Emancipatory Pedagogy,
  • Resistance,
  • Empowerment,
  • Recuperative Justice,
  • Counter-hegemonic Pedagogy

How to Cite

COUNTER-HEGEMONIC PEDAGOGICAL PRACTICE: The Role of Caribbean Emancipatory Pedagogy. (2021). Caribbean Curriculum, 28. https://journals.sta.uwi.edu/ojs/index.php/cc/article/view/7783


In this paper, the role of Caribbean Emancipatory Pedagogy (CEP) is discussed. A wide cross section of literature focusing on Caribbean educational development, particularly in relation to how it can be understood as a source for liberation on multiple fronts, was reviewed. Accordingly, I have situated CEP within critical pedagogy and the Caribbean intellectual tradition that focuses on education as a source of liberation. In this regard, three of the major roles of CEP are outlined. These are empowerment, providing a recuperative space for the oppressed, and resistance to new forms of enslavement. The issues of hegemony, the counter-hegemonic struggle, and the impact of colonialism on the lives of Caribbean people are engaged.  The need for liberation is underscored. There are recommendations for how CEP might be operationalised by dialogical pedagogical engagements and embracing practice as organic intellectuals.