Infants, childhood and language in Agamben and Cavell: Education as transformation

Ramaekers,, Stefan and Vlieghe, Joris (2014) Infants, childhood and language in Agamben and Cavell: Education as transformation. Ethics and Education, 9 (3). pp. 292-304. ISSN 1744-9642

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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.

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Additional Information and Comments: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Ethics and Education on 16th October 2014, available online http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/17449642.2014.968752 This is an Author's Original Manuscript of an article submitted for consideration in Ethics and Education on 16th October 2014, [copypyright Taylor & Francis]; Ethics and Education is available online at http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/17449642.2014.968752
Keywords: Agamben, Cavell, Arendt, education, transformation, childhood, infanc
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Education > Education Studies
Depositing User: Susan Blagbrough
Date Deposited: 26 Feb 2016 16:02
Last Modified: 26 Feb 2016 16:02
URI: http://hira.hope.ac.uk/id/eprint/818

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