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ERIC Number: EJ1046850
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 14
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ISSN: ISSN-1744-9642
Infants, Childhood and Language in Agamben and Cavell: Education as Transformation
Ramaekers, Stefan; Vlieghe, Joris
Ethics and Education, v9 n3 p292-304 2014
In this paper we explore a new way to deal with social inequality and injustice in an educational way. We do so by offering a particular reading of a scene taken from Minnelli's film "The Band Wagon" which is often regarded as overly western-centred and racist. We argue, however, that the way in which words and movements in this scene function are expressive of an event that can be read as a new beginning and that it is for this reason "in and of itself" educational. By drawing on Agamben's and Cavell's insights on childhood and what it means to acquire a language, we argue that in this scene a form of childhood is displayed which denotes a general condition for education to take place in children and grown-ups alike. Hence, education can be understood as a (temporary) interruption of existing power structures and as a transformation of one's existence.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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