Pedagogies of Difference: Rethinking Education for Social Justice

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Many critical pedagogies aim to create conditions necessary for equity and social justice by focusing on difference as a central concept in educational reform. Yet selecting one type of difference as a focal point in teaching can easily give rise to the problem of competing distinctions, privileging one type of difference and marginalizing another.

In this volume, the editor has assembled an internationally acclaimed group of theorists and educational practitioners whose essays articulate pedagogies of difference. These essays strive to bridge competing discourses of difference in order to create a more inclusive pedagogy of difference that adheres to principles of educational equity and education for social justice. The essays in this volume cover the spectrum of difference-oriented pedagogy, including feminist, anti-racist, lesbian, gay and critical pedagogy.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415931489
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/20/2002
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Pericles Trifonas is Assistant Professor at the Center for Social Justice and Cultural Studies in Education and the Department of Curriculum, Teaching, and Learning at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Pedagogies of Difference: Locating Otherness 1
1 Toward a Decolonizing Pedagogy: Social Justice Reconsidered 10
2 Challenging the Construction of Difference as Deficit: Where Are Identity, Intellect, Imagination, and Power in the New Regime of Truth? 41
3 Derrida, Pedagogy, and the Calculation of the Subject 61
4 Pedagogies of Difference, Race, and Representation: Film as a Site of Translation and Politics 83
5 Discomforting Truths: The Emotional Terrain of Understanding Difference 110
6 The Struggle for Happiness: Commodified Black Masculinities, Vernacular Culture, and Homoerotic Desires 137
7 Inside Noah's Tent: The Sodomitical Genesis of Race in the Christian Imagination 155
8 Queer Pedagogies: Camping Up the Difference 188
9 Toward an Integrative Approach to Equity in Education 206
10 Toward a Deconstructive Pedagogy of Difference 220
Contributors 236
Index 239
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