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Deleuzeian Thought

  • By: jan jagodzinski
  • In: Encyclopedia of Curriculum Studies
  • Edited by: Craig Kridel
  • Subject:Cultural Studies (general), Curriculum & Content (general), Curriculum Studies

Gilles Deleuze's philosophy as applied to rethinking the curriculum foundations of education has received more and more attention. Historically, Jacques Daignault, Ted Aoki, Gustav Roy, William Reynolds, and Julie Webber have attempted to theorize Deleuze along curriculum lines. Most often Deleuze is labeled a poststructuralist, but such a generalization fails to recognize his own unique contribution to psychoanalysis and the Bergsonian dynamics of image and memory; both domains challenge the linguistic text. Under Deleuze, desire is given a positive conceptualization at the prereflective unconscious, while the image of thought presents a radical affective epis-temology that confronts categorizations.

Generally speaking, a number of concepts developed by Deleuze (along with his cocollaborator Félix Guattari, his often cited coauthor) lend themselves to curriculum theory, which are proving to be ...

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