ERIC Number: EJ1128924
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Feb
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Mrs. Klein and Paulo Freire: Coda for the Pain of Symbolization in the Lifeworld of the Mind
Britzman, Deborah P.
Educational Theory, v67 n1 p83-95 Feb 2017
The preceding symposium articles speculate on the psychosocial dynamics of discrimination as reverberating with grief, mourning, melancholia, and denial. They invite a psychoanalytic paradox on the fate of inchoate loss and its complex relation to oppression and depression: constellations of attachment to loss met with its social and psychical disavowal render inexpressible to the other the work of mourning and drive its myriad expressions. A different way of putting the dilemma is that grief calls upon symbolic equation (collapse of subject with object) and the pain of symbolization (contingency without certainty). Deborah Britzman's coda reads the psychoanalyst Melanie Klein's consideration of depression as the origin of the human condition with Paulo Freire's call to educators for a radical humanization to release oppression. Between Freire's "Pedagogy of the Oppressed" and Klein's "Love, Guilt, and Reparation," the coda traces a signifying loss that attests to the entwined roots of the self/other matrix with attention to the needed fluctuations within interiority and exteriority, loss and the depressive position, illness and health, and psychoanalysis with pedagogy.
Descriptors: Psychotherapy, Grief, Psychological Patterns, Depression (Psychology), Mental Health, Coping, Emotional Response, Anxiety, Dialogs (Language)
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