Schools of Recognition

Identity Politics and Classroom Practices

By (author) Charles Bingham

Publication date:

18 April 2001

Length of book:

176 pages


Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

ISBN-13: 9780742501959

Schools are places where various cultures and identities must be recognized, yet there has been little research into what it means to recognize another person, identity, or culture. Drawing on the writings of Charles Taylor, Martin Buber, Judith Butler, and Jessica Benjamin, Schools of Recognition provides a rich picture of how recognition is negotiated in education. Using political theory, existentialism, queer theory, and psychoanalysis, Bingham shows that recognition can be fostered not only through the books that students read, but also through the ways that they learn to engage with other human beings. Recognition depends not only on receiving acknowledgement, but also on giving acknowledgement. It depends not only on what we learn from others about ourselves, but also on what we are able to teach others about themselves.
This is a provocative and important book that will give educators a way to talk about how we can help students develop their own voices and be recognized in the classroom. Using narrative and philosophical analysis, Charles Bingham weaves a carefully considered and personally connected introduction to recognition theory for educators. This is not an argument for the best framework of recognition, but rather an introduction to multiple perspectives, bringing out their strengths and weaknesses. The reader will become familiar with various iterations and become more adept at using them as tools to help analyze the problems educators face in our everyday efforts to value and appreciate our diverse students.