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Title: Infants, childhood and language in Agamben and Cavell: education as transformation
Authors: Ramaekers, Stefan ×
Vlieghe, Joris #
Issue Date: Oct-2014
Series Title: Ethics and Education vol:9 issue:3 pages:292-304
Abstract: In this paper we explore a new way to deal with social inequality and injustice in
an educational way. We do so by offering a particular reading of a scene taken
from Minnelli’s film The Band Wagon which is often regarded as overly
western-centred and racist. We argue, however, that the way in which words and
movements in this scene function are expressive of an event that can be read as a
new beginning and that it is for this reason in and of itself educational.
By drawing on Agamben’s and Cavell’s insights on childhood and what it means
to acquire a language, we argue that in this scene a form of childhood is
displayed which denotes a general condition for education to take place in
children and grown-ups alike. Hence, education can be understood as a
(temporary) interruption of existing power structures and as a transformation of
one’s existence.
ISSN: 1744-9642
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Education and Society
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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