Post-structuralism and Ethical Practical Action: Issues of Identity and Power

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In an era when familiar categories of identity are breaking down, an argument is made for using post-structuralist vocabulary to talk about ethical practical action in mathematics education. Using aspects of Foucault's post-structuralism, an explanation is offered of how mathematical identifications are tied to the social organization of power. An analysis of 2 everyday instances is provided to capture the oppressive conditions in which ordinary people involved in mathematics are engaged. Describing how systemic constraints become lived as individual dilemmas offers a way of understanding what we might do to effect change, and what we might do to produce tangible results.

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Margaret Walshaw, Massey University, Centennial Drive, Palmerston North, New Zealand; m.a.walshaw@massey.ac.nz

(Corresponding author is Walshaw m.a.walshaw@massey.ac.nz)
Journal for Research in Mathematics Education

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