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ERIC Number: EJ1096186
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0159-6306
Why Critical Literacy Should Turn to "The Affective Turn": Making a Case for Critical Affective Literacy
Anwaruddin, Sardar M.
Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, v37 n3 p381-396 2016
The central argument of this essay is that critical literacy with a rationalistic bent may not enable us to cope with ethical dilemmas in our responsiveness to human sufferings. I argue that critical literacy education would benefit from turning to the recent scholarship on affect/emotion studies. I draw upon the works of Sara Ahmed--one of the leading contributors to critical affect studies--to shed light on what is called a "regulatory power" that creates a schism in our responsiveness to violence and suffering. The key contribution of this essay is to present an actionable framework of what I describe as critical affective literacy. To delineate this framework, I present four pedagogical principles, along with examples of instructional activities.
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Language: English
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