ERIC Number: EJ810243
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Sep
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 23
When the Familiar Is Strange: Encountering the Cultural Politics of Hawaii in the College Classroom
Tavares, Hannah M.
Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, v29 n3 p377-385 Sep 2008
Weaving feminist, psychoanalytic, and postcolonial strands of social criticism, I recount an incident that is emblematic of the complex arrangements or dispositions of space in the Pacific. The specific moment--an encounter in the college classroom where an entangled racial-ethnic-gender dynamic of identification surfaced--acts as a catalyst for probing questions concerning expert systems of knowledge that constitute the institutional space of teaching/learning as distinctly rational; processes of identification where love and betrayal are dramatized; and domains of the political where embodiment, histories, memories, and racial fantasies come together in complex ways. Drawing on the concept of "racial melancholia", I tease out the strands of this entangled dynamic and demonstrate how the corporeal and the psychic are intimately bound.
Descriptors: Higher Education, Classroom Environment, Culture, Teaching Styles, Political Attitudes, Identification, Depression (Psychology), Feminism, Stereotypes, Conflict
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Hawaii