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ERIC Number: EJ1057973
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 20
ISSN: EISSN-1918-5979
Imagining Education: An Arendtian Response to an Inmate's Question
Meyer, Karen Ann; Fels, Lynn
Canadian Journal of Education, v36 n3 p298-316 2013
This article responds to a "what-if" question regarding education, raised by a woman inmate. Emerging in the midst of a research project with women in prison, the unexpected question haunts the two authors, both educational researchers, who in turn reconsider education's role in difficult circumstances. For guidance, the authors turn to Hannah Arendt's concept of natality as the capacity to renew, and Natasha Levinson's claim that the preservation of natality is critical to education. The authors examine the gap between past and future as a potential space to imagine education otherwise, within both the project and the larger perspective of education.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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