Identity Politics, the Ethos of Vulnerability, and Education

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Brunila , K & Rossi , L-M 2018 , ' Identity Politics, the Ethos of Vulnerability, and Education ' , Educational Philosophy and Theory , vol. 50 , no. 3 , pp. 287-298 .

Title: Identity Politics, the Ethos of Vulnerability, and Education
Author: Brunila, Kristiina; Rossi, Leena-Maija
Other contributor: University of Helsinki, Department of Education
University of Helsinki, Swedish School of Social Science

Date: 2018
Language: eng
Number of pages: 12
Belongs to series: Educational Philosophy and Theory
ISSN: 0013-1857
Abstract: In this article, identity politics is understood as a form of politics stressing collective but malleable group identities as the basis of political action. This notion of identity politics also allows thinking of identity as intersectional. The focus of this article, and a problem related to identity politics, is that when discussed in the context of the neoliberal order, identity politics has a tendency to become harnessed by the ethos of vulnerability. Some implications of the 'vulnerabilizisation' are considered in the field of education, which is a field currently thoroughly affected by neoliberalism. Therefore, it is also important to look closer at the relationship between identity politics and the ethos of vulnerability. In addition, we re-consider poststructuralist thinking as a theoretical and political approach to see what it can offer in terms of re-thinking identity politics and in analyzing the ethos of vulnerability. When categories of vulnerability keep expanding into various psycho-emotional vulnerabilities defining subjects that can be known and spoken about, it is crucial to ask whether we regard these changes as educationally and politically progressive. The article discusses some problematic policies in educational environments and the phenomenon of trigger warnings.
Subject: Identity politics
516 Educational sciences
5142 Social policy

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