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'Acceptance of the limits of knowability in oneself and others': performative politics and relational ethics in the primary school

Teague, Laura. 2014. 'Acceptance of the limits of knowability in oneself and others': performative politics and relational ethics in the primary school. Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, 36(3), pp. 398-408. ISSN 0159-6306 [Article]

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This paper takes up Judith Butler's calls to suspend the desire to completely know theother, and discusses these in relation to the pedagogic relationship in the classroom. It draws upon existing accounts of performative reinscription as a politics to disrupt exclusionary schooling practices and discusses these alongside Butler's theories of relationality. In so doing, it argues that the pedagogic relationship is the space withinwhich performative reinscription occurs and which holds the potential for more ethicalencounters between self and other. Acknowledging the impossibility of completelyknowing the other is not an easy position to hold in the institution of the primaryschool, where policies and practices are based on the concept of rational, knowingsubjects. However, this paper suggests that suspending the desire for the other to provide a coherent account of themselves has important implications for performative politics in the primary school classroom.

Item Type:

Article

Identification Number (DOI):

https://doi.org/10.1080/01596306.2014.880047

Keywords:

pedagogic relationships; performative politics; ethics; subjectivity;relationality; primary school; Judith Butler

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Educational Studies

Dates:

DateEvent
27 January 2014Published

Item ID:

16717

Date Deposited:

16 Feb 2016 16:37

Last Modified:

27 Jun 2017 09:56

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

URI:

http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/16717

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