Scaffolds of subjectivity: coming to terms with formations of subjectivity in the act of learning

Grierson, E 2005, 'Scaffolds of subjectivity: coming to terms with formations of subjectivity in the act of learning', International Journal of Learning, vol. 10, pp. 3275-3282.


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Title Scaffolds of subjectivity: coming to terms with formations of subjectivity in the act of learning
Author(s) Grierson, E
Year 2005
Journal name International Journal of Learning
Volume number 10
Start page 3275
End page 3282
Total pages 7
Publisher Common Ground
Abstract Engaging the question 'what learning means', this paper opens thresholds of teaching to consider the political economy of subjectivity in the act of learning. This premise is more than acknowledging 'the teachable moment'; more than the assumptions of 'plural voices' in the pedagogical contract. This is about critically engaging with questions of subjectivity: such as, how do people become a learning subject and who initiates the shaping power of that political architecture? Drowned in the wash of humanist idealisms the significance of the 'political' as a way of thinking is too often submerged. Foucault has dealt with the way human beings become subjects through discourses of power; Helene Cixous seeks a language whereby subjectivity can re-speak its ontological formations; and Laclau and Mouffe have argued for a 'radical pluralism' whereby aspects of validity and subjectivity are not to be impounded in the liberal, humanist, transcendental ground of the metaphysical subject. This discussion seeks alternative authorities for legitimating subjectivity that may displace scaffolds of the 'natural' in favour of the 'political' as an ethical point of departure and of arrival, and ultimately eschewing any pellucid returns to dominant assumptions. The research promotes alternative narratives of transgression which may at first sight appear inapposite. But are they?
Subject Fine Arts (incl. Sculpture and Painting)
Keyword(s) difference
language
learning
philosophy
political
subjectivity
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