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ERIC Number: EJ774699
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Sep
Pages: 22
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0826-4805
Task of the Teaching Life: Self through Bakhtinian Dialogue and Ideological Engagement
McKnight, Douglas
Interchange: A Quarterly Review of Education, v35 n3 p281-302 Sep 2004
This article describes Mikhail Bakhtin's 20th century work on dialogue as it may serve one engaged in teaching as a vocation and existential pursuit rather than as a job or profession. Dialogue, as theorized by Bakhtin, within the pedagogical real, potentially becomes a mode of being through which the individual engages in the project of selfhood, a task basic to the human enterprise. For Bakhtin, dialogue was in part a structure within and through which we come to consciousness and give flesh and meaning to our existence. According to Bakhtin, the structure of self is dialogical and unfinalizable, meaning that each individual comes to consciousness through dialogue with some other. From a Bakhtinian perspective, the selfhood as a dialogical formation constitutes a fundamental relation by which we must participate without end, making dialogue an unavoidable social activity immersed in language.
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Language: English
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