The Very Thought of Education: Psychoanalysis and the Impossible Professions

The Very Thought of Education: Psychoanalysis and the Impossible Professions

by Deborah P. Britzman
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1438426461

ISBN-13: 9781438426464

Pub. Date: 01/01/2010

Publisher: State University of New York Press

A startling reading of the educational enterprise through a psychoanalytic lens.

For anyone who has ever been to school, the very thought of education recalls an emotional world denounced. What happens then if we try to understand the emotional scenery of education? Author Deborah P. Britzman proposes that the psychoanalysis of love and hate in learning

Overview

A startling reading of the educational enterprise through a psychoanalytic lens.

For anyone who has ever been to school, the very thought of education recalls an emotional world denounced. What happens then if we try to understand the emotional scenery of education? Author Deborah P. Britzman proposes that the psychoanalysis of love and hate in learning provides creative commentary on our contemporary educational controversies. Drawing upon novels, art, psychoanalytic theory, clinical material, and philosophical debates on human nature, Britzman presents a psychoanalytic education of uncertainty. She focuses on key encounters: thinking, development, reading, psychology, transference, countertransference, and learning a profession. From the collapse of contemporary pedagogical themes to the work of reparation, Britzman explores the fantasies of education for the purpose of returning ideas of grace, hope, humor, and humility to the impossible professions (education, government, and medicine).

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781438426464
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
01/01/2010
Pages:
180
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Preface

1. The Very Thought

2. Uneven Development

3. Reading

4. Psychology

5. Countertransference

6. Transference People

7. The Impossible Professions

Notes
References
Index

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