Taubman offers an alternative to resistance theory through Lacanian psychoanalysis and Lacan's concept of jouissance - a term associated with intense pleasure. Through this perspective, it is important to understand why children resist on an individual level. An appreciation of the jouissance in schools would work against the impulse to domesticate, to control or to appropriate the subjectivities of students and children.

Author Biography

Peter Taubman is the Assistant Dean of the School of Education at Brooklyn College. He is a co-founder of the Bushwick School for Social Justice, a New Visions school, and currently divides his time between his duties as dean and his role as consultant at BSSJ. Professor Taubman is the co-editor of Understanding Curriculum, and is currently working on a book about the deleterious effects of NCATE on teacher education.



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