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ERIC Number: EJ830460
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Mar
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1740-0201
Identity Formation and Affective Spaces in Conflict-Ridden Societies: Inventing Heterotopic Possibilities
Zembylas, Michalinos; Ferreira, Ana
Journal of Peace Education, v6 n1 p1-18 Mar 2009
In this article, we present vignettes from two projects--one in Cyprus and the other in South Africa--to show how some classrooms enact "heterotopic" affective spaces that oppose normal/ized identities, that is, identities grounded in polarized trauma narratives. The notion of heterotopia is a spatial concept developed by Foucault to emphasize the importance of space in power relations, subjectivities and knowledge development. Our aim in this article, then, is to consider issues of identity formation in relation to educational discourses and practices in conflict-ridden societies by focusing on the significance of affective spaces and to look more broadly on the relationship between identity formation and affective spaces in this context. Heterotopic pedagogies, we argue, can become affective cultures of social and political importance within schools in ways that may critically oppose the normalized conflicting ethos. (Contains 5 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Cyprus; South Africa