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ERIC Number: EJ1106314
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1063-5734
To Name or Not to Name? Social Justice, Poststructuralism, and Music Teacher Education
Richerme, Lauren Kapalka
Philosophy of Music Education Review, v24 n1 p84-102 Spr 2016
Analyzing how some names grant and reinforce power while others deny it serves a central role in understanding and ultimately challenging systemic inequalities. Yet, when left unquestioned, the ways in which social justice advocates use names can have detrimental effects. The work of various poststructuralist authors illuminates the problems and possibilities of names and naming. While names can further homogeneity, stagnation, and limited future possibilities, not naming can hide inequalities, propagate existing hegemonic systems, and inhibit actionable political endeavors. This essay proposes two integrated paths forward and offers possible applications to music teacher education. First, utilizing Braidotti's "scheme of feminist nomadism," I suggest that social justice advocates consider differences between groups, differences within groups, and individuals' differing. Second, superposition is posited as a philosophical figuration for simultaneously named and unnamed individuals. Seeing ourselves and others as existing in superposition accentuates the temporal aspect of naming as well as highlights unnamed potentialities. Contains notes.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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