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ERIC Number: EJ774703
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Sep
Pages: 12
Abstractor: Author
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ISSN: ISSN-0826-4805
The Limits of Socialisation
Safstrom, Carl Anders; Mansson, Niclas
Interchange: A Quarterly Review of Education, v35 n3 p353-364 Sep 2004
The article deals with the question of living with others, one of the most significant relationships of human life, and challenge the common understanding of the origins of living with others, where a human being is not just becoming a social but also a moral being through social institutions of societies. This common understanding of a social relationship, fostered and nurtured by a given society, places the responsibility for the possibility of living with others on the other. Drawing on the work from the sociologists Zygmunt Bauman and George Simmel and the philosophers Emmanuel Levinas and Knud Logstrup we argue that the possibility of living with others is based on the rights of the other rather than of the rights to determine whom the other is. By focusing on the relation between the individual and the society on the one hand, and the connections between being moral and being social on the other hand, we suggest that the process of socialisation is devastating not only for human beings individuality and his or her moral capacity but also for a responsive educational praxis. We explore the ways in which an understanding of socialisation as the making of the social being is intimately linked to how institutional education "thinks itself." This exploration is followed by a critical discussion of the limits of socialisation, and therefore also the limits of education. By considering some of the problems about the making of the social being we arrive at the conclusion that there is the possibility for education to be somewhere else rather than within socialisation. This conclusion leads us to explore the possibilities for an educational praxis that embraces the other without holding the individuals otherness against them.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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