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ERIC Number: EJ1072512
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Aug
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0013-2004
When the Exception Is the Rule: School Shootings, Bare Life, and the Sovereign Self
Shapiro, Harvey
Educational Theory, v65 n4 p423-440 Aug 2015
Much discourse on school shootings tends to imply a binary separation between what is considered normal and exceptional, between an expected course of human events and sociohistorical aberrations. In this article Harvey Shapiro suggests the need for new directions in our responses: First, he shows how responses to school shootings tend to expropriate and (paradoxically) dismiss certain kinds of violence in order to articulate a vision of the self as sovereign, exerting power over bodily life, exercising a self-removal from community conversations, and thus claiming what Giorgio Agamben and others call the "sovereign exception." Second, he suggests how Agamben's development of Walter Benjamin's concept of "divine violence" can unmask prevailing states of exception and can inform education's efforts to challenge binaries of good and evil, urban and suburban, individual and community, justice and law, normal and exceptional, that confound our deliberations and long-term responses to mass shootings.
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Language: English
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