ERIC Number: EJ1052491
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 26
"Free Yourself, Sister!": Teacher Identity, Subjection, and the Psyche
Janzen, Melanie D.
Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education, v43 n2 p117-127 2015
Teachers are caught in a tug of war between what they are supposed to be and who they are trying to become. The teaching subject, striving to be recognisable, is socially constructed and discursively constituted through ongoing relations with power--an identity essentially determined in advance. What is it to live--to become, as "teacher"--in this space? It is in this theoretical context in which this research is situated; acknowledging the discursive construction of the teaching subject in order to consider who teachers are, who they are allowed to be, and who they are allowed to become. Drawing on an empirical example, I will explore the post-structural theories of subjection and psychoanalytic perspectives of the psyche in order to illustrate and conceptualise the struggle in being and becoming a teacher.
Descriptors: Self Concept, Professional Identity, Power Structure, Psychiatry, Teacher Role, Literacy, Epistemology, Discourse Analysis, Novels, Reader Response, Elementary School Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Figurative Language
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
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