Document Type

Contribution to Book

Title

Black Bodies in Schools : Dewey’s Democratic Provision for Participation Confronts the Challenges of ‘Fundamental Plunder

Source Publication

Dewey and Education in the 21st Century : Fighting Back

Publication Date

2018

Editor

Ruth Heilbronn, editor ; Christine Doddington, editor ; Rupert Higham, editor

Publisher

Emerald Publishing Limited

City

Bingley, England

ISBN

9781787436268

First Page

101

Last Page

117

Department

Education

Publisher Statement

In this chapter, we read Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Between the World and Me (2015) against Dewey’s Democracy and Education (1916) to glean insight into how Dewey and transactionalism can help theorize greater democratic participation for the corporeally disenfranchised; that is, those persons who experience socio-cultural and/or political marginalization due to the racialized status of their bodies. We argue that transactionalism carries promise to help interrupt current, systemic practice that negatively reifies Black bodies and reasserts Black bodies as central, full participants in democratic action. An analysis of transactionalism as interpreted from Democracy and Education and other Deweyan writings is followed by an analysis of Coates’ memoir, Between the World and Me, focusing on his experiential understanding of how Black bodies exist in educational institutions. We conclude the chapter with possibilities for an embodied ideal of democracy, and some educational practices that can follow from it. -- ResearchGate.net

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