Desiring silence: Gender, race and pedagogy in education

  • Mazzei L
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Abstract

In my work with white teachers, predominantly female, I assert that ?desire? is functioning to produce silent discourses that serve to perpetuate a continuation of white privilege. Based on a qualitative research study exploring the nature of silences in teacher education classrooms, this paper seeks to explore how desire is functioning to produce such silences and how they can be productively understood. Using the concept of desire as presented by Deleuze, this paper engages a notion of desire that is not spawned from lack but a desire that is generative and seeking, resulting in the production of privilege, power and voice.

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  • Lisa A. Mazzei

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