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ERIC Number: EJ1057650
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 22
ISSN: ISSN-0159-6306
"Acceptance of the Limits of Knowability in Oneself and Others": Performative Politics and Relational Ethics in the Primary School Classroom
Teague, Laura
Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, v36 n3 p398-408 2015
This paper takes up Judith Butler's calls to suspend the desire to completely know the other, and discusses these in relation to the pedagogic relationship in the classroom. It draws upon existing accounts of performative reinscription as a politics to disrupt exclusionary schooling practices and discusses these alongside Butler's theories of relationality. In so doing, it argues that the pedagogic relationship is the space within which performative reinscription occurs and which holds the potential for more ethical encounters between self and other. Acknowledging the impossibility of completely knowing the other is not an easy position to hold in the institution of the primary school, where policies and practices are based on the concept of rational, knowing subjects. However, this paper suggests that suspending the desire for the other to provide a coherent account of themselves has important implications for performative politics in the primary school classroom.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom