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Transformative Education in a Broken World: Feminist and Jesuit Pedagogy on the Importance of Context

Theresa Weynand Tobin

in Jesuit and Feminist Education

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780823233311
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780823241743 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fordham/9780823233311.003.0010
Transformative Education in a Broken World: Feminist and Jesuit Pedagogy on the Importance of Context

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This chapter relates the concept of positionality from feminist theory and pedagogy to the Ignatian paradigm to show how its focus on the individual, at the expense of the structural, fails to acknowledge the unequal power relationships that disadvantage students from minority groups. Focusing on the positionality of gay and lesbian students in the author's classroom at a Jesuit college, it explores how becoming attentive to our own positions with respect to our students allows us better to examine how relationships of domination and subordination between members of oppressed and privileged groups in larger social and ecclesial contexts are re-created at the micro-level in the classroom.

Keywords: positionality; feminist theory; pedagogy; inequality; power relationships; minority groups; gay students; lesbian studies

Chapter.  5795 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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