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ERIC Number: EJ815987
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jun
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 101
ISSN: ISSN-0962-0214
Breaking Silence: Educating Citizens for Love, Care and Solidarity
Lynch, Kathleen; Lyons, Maureen; Cantillon, Sara
International Studies in Sociology of Education, v17 n1-2 p1-19 Jun 2007
An indifference to the affective domain and an allegiance to the education of the rational autonomous subject and public citizen are at the heart of formal education. The impact of Cartesian rationalism is intensifying with the glorification of performativity measured by league tables and rankings. The citizen carer and the care recipient citizen are only recognized in the educational arena when professionals are being trained to manage those in need of care. Education for informal care labor, solidarity work and love labor is generally not part of the formal educational trajectory. Because the scholarly understanding of work has been equated with economic self preservation and self-actualization through interaction with nature, education is seen as preparation for this type of work. Education is indifferent to other-centered work arising from our interdependencies and dependencies as affective, relational beings. In particular it has ignored the centrality of nurturing for the preservation and self-actualization of the human species. In this article the authors argue that sociologists need to engage with the extensive feminist scholarship on care if they are to challenge the deeply care-less view of the citizen that is implicitly accepted in new and older forms of liberal thinking. The rational economic actor model of the citizen is contrasted with the care-full view of the citizen and the implications of both for education are explored. (Contains 2 figures and 9 notes.)
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Language: English
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