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ERIC Number: EJ1165358
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Dec
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1740-2743
Ideology, Curriculum & the Self: The Psychic Rootedness of Ideology and Resistance in Subjectivity
Murillo, Fernando
Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies, v15 n3 p332-351 Dec 2017
One of the guiding questions in this discussion is how is it that certain ideologies become so ingrained and resistant to challenge and scrutiny? The central assumptions sustaining the argument conceive curriculum--the backbone of educational practice--to be an expression of ideological activity; the understanding of ideology as lived experience; and subjectivity as a site of ideology mediated by language. By drawing on curricular and psychoanalytic theory, in this paper I claim that the ideological content gets established through curricular practices not only at the cognitive and conscious level of knowledge and disciplinary subject-matter contents, but rather--and more decisively at the unconscious level of the construction of subjectivity through psychic processes mediated by language. The paper is an attempt to sketch a preliminary understanding of the processes that result in ideological positionings that challenge scrutiny and contestation, by exploring their rootedness in desire and the psychic formation of the self.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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