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ERIC Number: EJ817390
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Dec
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 32
ISSN: ISSN-1047-6210
Defining the Political Ontology of the Classroom: Toward a Multitudinous Education
Lewis, Tyson
Teaching Education, v19 n4 p249-260 Dec 2008
This paper is driven by a simple question: what type of collective space is a classroom and how can it be imagined differently? Drawing on the social topography provided by Hardt and Negri, I suggest that schools have traditionally worked to produce either (a) a people; (b) a crowd; or (c) the masses. The problem with these forms of social collectivity is that they each tend to limit radical movements for democracy. Opposed to a people, a crowd, or the masses, I suggest that classroom collectivity be reconceptualized in terms of the multitude. It is by configuring the dynamic space of the classroom in relation to a theory of the multitude that educational democracy can be achieved.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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