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ERIC Number: EJ855696
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jun
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 36
ISSN: ISSN-0159-6306
Emancipation, Equality and Education: Ranciere's Critique of Bourdieu and the Question of Performativity
Pelletier, Caroline
Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, v30 n2 p137-150 Jun 2009
Jacques Rancire's work has had significant impact in philosophy and literary theory, but remains largely undiscussed in the field of education. This article is a review of the relevance of Rancire's work to education research. Rancire's argument about education emerges from his critique of Bourdieu, which states that Bourdieu reinforces inequality by presuming it as the starting point of his analysis. What is at stake is the question of performativity, and the means by which discourse has effects. This debate has implications for considering the basis of claims to truth in literary and social science discourse. Parallels are drawn between Judith Butler's and Rancire's portrayal of the relationship between discourse and subjection, as well as their attention to discursive "imitation" in making inequality representable. The article concludes with a discussion of the problematic which Rancire's work suggests for education research. (Contains 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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