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Title: The shifting identity of the subject : a psychoanalytic inquiry
Author: Sarte, John
Subject Keywords desire, identity, psychoanalytic theory
Issue Date: 2011-04-01
Publicly Available in cIRcle 2011-07-20
Series/Report no. Explorations and Education Conference, held at The University of British Columbia, 1 April 2011
Abstract: [Conference Program Abstract] In this paper, I use psychoanalytic theory to re-consider the concept of identity. Using Lacanian psychoanalysis, I attempt to understand a subject’s shifting identity through the Imaginary, the Symbolic, and the Real. Thus, the subject’s identity (identification) becomes contingent on the ego, the big Other, intersubjectivity, and desire. I demonstrate how this psychoanalytic conception of identity can open up possibilities of inquiry into a teacher’s desire to learn. Some possible questions include: How are identity and desire related? In what ways can narratives be generated to study the desire to learn? Who is and what is the role of the research subject/researcher?
Affiliation: Education, Faculty ofEducation, Curriculum and Instruction, Dept of
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2429/36186
Peer Review Status: Unreviewed
Scholarly Level: Graduate

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