Title

Pragmatism and Poststructuralism: Cultivating Political Agency in Schools.

Abstract

Abstract:

While the differences between pragmatist and poststructural views may often appear insurmountable, I argue here that putting the two in dialogue offers solutions to particular problems within each tradition, especially as they relate to agency. I describe John Dewey and Judith Butler's theories of agency and analyze the political acts and educational implications to which each account gives rise. I show how each theory rescues the other from pitfalls and, when read together, a more robust vision of agency and political change relative to education is formed. I conclude by depicting how this agency can be cultivated in classrooms.

Publication Date

6-2005

Journal Title

Contemporary Pragmatism

Publisher

Rodopi

Document Type

Article