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ERIC Number: ED516415
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-May-3
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 27
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Deferring Totality: An Anti-Dialectic Theory of Identity
Powell, David M.; Noel, Jana
Online Submission, Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Denver, CO, Apr 30-May 4, 2010)
Using Derrida's concept of deferring totality, Deleuze's concept of the logic of multiplicities, and Butler's "sliding scale," this paper presents an anti-dialectic theory of identity, one that recognizes the permanent deferral of the very concept of identity--a non-synthesized, non-resolved identity--that values the hybridity of identities. Anzaldua's Borderlands serves as the example of this theory of identity in practice, and several stories of identity development, loss, and marginalization are also included in the paper. Implications for education include Giroux's work on "border pedagogy" and the "discourse of lived cultures," as well as Yosso's concept of "community cultural wealth." This paper proposes to rid the educational system of "the violence of master narratives formed in the language of binary oppositions" (Giroux, 2002, p. 15), while offering what Giroux (2002) calls a "theoretical language" for a non-totalizing identity and knowledge, one in which "knowledge forms emanating from the margins can be used to redefine the complex, multiple, heterogeneous realities that constitute those relations of difference that make up the experiences of students who often find it impossible to define their identities through the cultural and political codes that characterize the dominant culture" (p. 24).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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