Lost Subjects, Contested Objects

Lost Subjects, Contested Objects

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by Deborah P. Britzman
     
 

This book argues for education's reconsideration of what psychoanalytic theories of love and hate might mean to the design of learning and pedagogy. Britzman sets in tension three perspectives: studies of education, studies in psychoanalysis, and studies of ethics to consider how larger social and cultural histories live in the small history of the subject. Britzman… See more details below

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This book argues for education's reconsideration of what psychoanalytic theories of love and hate might mean to the design of learning and pedagogy. Britzman sets in tension three perspectives: studies of education, studies in psychoanalysis, and studies of ethics to consider how larger social and cultural histories live in the small history of the subject. Britzman casts her net widely to consider questions of sex education, the work of Anna Freud in reencountering the Diary of Anne Frank, reading practices in pedagogy, anti-racist pedagogy and the question of love, and the arguments between education and psychoanalysis.

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Advocating for revisiting the relevance of psychoanalytic inquiry for learning and teaching, Britzman (education, social and political thought; women's studies, York U.) confronts educators with provocative commentary on: private desires vs. education's repression, a polymorphously perverse curriculum, queer pedagogy, the narcissism of minor differences in relation to an antiracist pedagogy, and the teaching of contentious history (e.g. the Holocaust as represented by ). Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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“Britzman is the most eloquent proponent in education today insisting on the return of the educator’s attention to Freudian theory/method. This is not a comforting insistence, but is made with careful argument and ethical force.

“She starts with the psychoanalytic insight that education is an interference with various (often unconscious) implications for learning, particularly in regard to the play of affect and its attachments (specifically those of love and hate). This means there is always conflict in learning, conflict not only between the teacher and learner, but crucially for this book, within the learner herself. Given its premise, Britzman unravels how institutionally mediated education is then necessarily uncertain, indeterminate, ambivalent. This is a position with radical implications for the increasingly rationalized, outcome-driven forms of teaching which have become so prevalent in the English-speaking world. It is an argument that insists we look again at what we call learning and at the ethical obligations such a reexamination elicits.” — Roger I. Simon, University of Toronto

“The scholarship is impeccable, the arguments rigorous. Above all, the book avoids the substitution of jargon, whether psychoanalytic or ‘educationist,’ for thought; in its writing, scholarship, and arguments, it renders a certain difficult labor of thinking unavoidable. It’s an outstanding piece of work, an important statement from a major thinker whose work should figure more prominently in the intellectual scene than it currently does.” — William Haver, Binghamton University

“She writes with incredible feeling and verve, never missing the chance for either the wit or high seriousness that comes of being sensitive to the presence of continuing uncertainties. This is a book to meet the strong and growing demand for Britzman’s work. It is a work of serious critique and hope.” — John Willinsky, University of British Columbia

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ISBN-13:
9780791497586
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
09/30/2009
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Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
1 MB

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