Freud, Lacan, Zizek and Education: Exploring Unconscious Investments in Policy and Practice, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Freud, Lacan, Zizek and Education

Exploring Unconscious Investments in Policy and Practice, 1st Edition

Edited by Claudia Lapping


180 pages

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Hardback: 9780815362814
pub: 2018-09-25

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All areas of education policy and practice are driven by unconscious investments in ignorance, or idealised images of transformation of the individual, society and economy. The promise of fulfilment and associated threats of disappointment or destruction tend to dominate conscious accounts of education. Other more vulnerable or unspeakable aspects of our engagements with education are covered over when we account for learning, and justify teaching as professionals, policy makers and researchers; but they leak out in slips, lapses, emphasis, paradox and contradiction.

Freud’s account of resistance and repetition; Lacan’s theorisation of the role of language and desire; and Zizek’s elaboration of these ideas in a theory of ideology and enjoyment – all provide tools for exploring the vulnerable, uncomfortable and often surprising other side of education: the hidden, unconscious and unspoken desires that we invest in educational institutions and practices. This collection offers glimpses of this other side of education produced in empirical studies using a variety of methodological approaches: practice-based theoretical speculation, policy analysis, ethnography, interviews and free associative methods, as well as ideological critique of the field of critical educational practice and research. The book foregrounds political and unconscious aspects of investments in the fields of education and educational research.

The chapters in this book were originally published as articles in Taylor and Francis journals.

Table of Contents

Introduction Claudia Lapping

1. Before, after, in and beyond teacher education H. James Garrett

2. Interrupting the frame: reflective practice in the classroom and the consulting room Julie Walsh

3. The significance of ‘participation’ as an educational ideal in education for sustainable development and health education in schools Jonas Andreasen Lysgaard and Venka Simovska

4. Learning to fail and learning from failure – ideology at work in a mathematics classroom Hauke Straehler-Pohl and Alexandre Pais

5. An ideology critique of global citizenship education Alexandre Pais and Marta Costa

6. Recognising desire: a psychosocial approach to understanding education policy implementation and effect Alex Moore

7. Psychical contexts of subjectivity and performative practices of remuneration: teaching assistants’ narratives of work Claudia Lapping and Jason Glynos

8. Talkin’ ‘bout a revolution: the social, political, and fantasmatic logics of education policy Matthew Clarke

9. The sublime objects of education policy: quality, equity and ideology Matthew Clarke

10. The explosion of real time and the structural conditions of temporality in a society of control: durations and urgencies of academic research Claudia Lapping

About the Editor

Claudia Lappingis a Reader in Psychosocial Studies and Education at the Institute of Education, University College London, UK. She is interested in the use of psychoanalysis in empirical research methodology, in unconscious processes in educational institutions, practices, and in the production and recontextualisation of legitimized knowledge. She is the author of Psychoanalysis in Social Research (2011) and the co-editor of Knowing and Not Knowing: Thinking Psychosocially about Learning and Resistance to Learning (with Tamara Bibby, 2016).

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