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ERIC Number: EJ1030505
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISSN: ISSN-1085-4908
Reconstructing Deweyan Growth: The Significance of James Baldwin's Moral Psychology
Frank, Jeff
Education and Culture, v29 n2 Article 8 p121-132 2013
In this paper I raise and respond to the question: Is John Dewey's understanding of growth sufficiently responsive to problems associated with race and racism? I begin with a discussion of Dewey's essay "Racial Prejudice and Friction," and show that Dewey lets a major objection to his response to racism and prejudice stand without comment. By focusing on this objection I will show that--by Dewey's own admission--one cannot grow morally without confronting aspects of moral psychology that Dewey downplayed in offering his response to racism. I will then show that James Baldwin's work offers resources that help us confront these aspects of moral psychology, and argue that bringing Dewey in conversation with Baldwin allows us to reconstruct our understanding of growth so that it becomes more responsive to problems associated with race and racism.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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