‘The ignorant schoolmaster’: Jacotot rancière on equality, emancipation and education

Mukhopadhyay, Rahul and Narayanan, Varadarajan (2014) ‘The ignorant schoolmaster’: Jacotot rancière on equality, emancipation and education. Contemporary Education Dialogue, 11 (2). pp. 221-234.

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Jacques Rancière (born 1940), much like his contemporary Michel Foucault, has an academic oeuvre that defies neat classification within established disciplinary boundaries. This is due to the cross-disciplinary nature of his work, with a strong orientation towards history and philosophy. Although he trained as a philosopher (studying with Louis Althusser and contributing to the latter’s Reading Capital), Rancière’s work has been more a series of explorations in the archives of subaltern workers of early nineteenth-century Europe. His work has received the attention of scholars from across a number of disciplines such as cultural studies, history, philosophy and political science. However, when one looks for rigorous engagement with Rancière’s thoughts on education, one finds a relative indifference on the part of educationists. This is surprising given that ‘equality’ as a concept has not only received focused attention from educationists for long, inviting reflections that have varied in their elaboration of the concept, but also has a specific import in current educational scenarios across the world, such that it has heightened the imperative to revisit this concept.

Item Type: Article
Authors: Mukhopadhyay, Rahul and Narayanan, Varadarajan
Uncontrolled Keywords: History and philosophy. Political science, Education.
Subjects: Social sciences > Education
Divisions: Azim Premji University > School of Education
Full Text Status: Restricted
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URI: http://publications.azimpremjiuniversity.edu.in/id/eprint/272
Publisher URL: https://doi.org/10.1177/0973184914529037

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