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The Very Thought of Education: Psychoanalysis and the Impossible Professions


reviewed by K. Daniel Cho — August 24, 2009

coverTitle: The Very Thought of Education: Psychoanalysis and the Impossible Professions
Author(s): Deborah P. Britzman
Publisher: State University of New York Press, Albany
ISBN: 1438426453, Pages: 166, Year: 2009
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If the current discourse on the decline, in the global rankings, of the United States educational system, especially in the areas of math and science, is an indication of anything, then it is that education is always a cause of uncertainty. In her latest book, The Very Thought of Education: Psychoanalysis and the Impossible Professions, educational theorist, Deborah Britzman, once again demonstrates the relevance of psychoanalysis for education, drawing upon its rich tradition to develop, what she calls, “the pedagogy of uncertainty” (p. xi). In a notoriously factious field, Britzman accomplishes something quite remarkable: with great dexterity, she uses education to find themes that span diagonally across what were once thought as disparate schools of psychoanalytic thought. However, The Very Thought of Education is not simply an exercise in psychoanalytic theorizing, for making uncertainty the centerpiece of one’s pedagogy is an immense task that requires a number of resources, both... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: August 24, 2009
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15758, Date Accessed: 12/13/2017 10:08:40 AM

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  • K. Daniel Cho
    Otterbein College
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    K. DANIEL CHO is Assistant Professor of Education at Otterbein College. He is author of numerous articles that have appeared in such journals as New German Critique, Educational Theory, and Educational Theory and Philosophy. His book, Psychopedagogy: Freud, Lacan, and the Psychoanalytic Theory of Education, was recently published by Palgrave-Macmillan.
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