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Curriculum as Community Building

The Poetics of Difference, Emergence, and Relationality

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Liesa Griffin Smith

Our contemporary historical moment is often characterized by social, political, economic, technological, and educational complexities, as well as lived experiences of estrangement, isolation, insecurity, loss, threat, and trauma. Within this difficult context, conventional understandings of community which often rely upon assimilation or exclusion are devoid of hope, and new imaginations of community and community building are needed to cultivate generative, nurturing, sustaining experiences of life together. Through a multi-threaded exploration of the curriculum as embodied and emerging in a living ecosystem, new conceptualizations of community building may emerge. Drawing upon poststructural feminism, poetics, autobiography, and metaphors of the maternal body, this book explores the complicated intersections of difference, embodiment, emergence, and relationality within the curriculum, to reimagine the possibilities of building the other community, one inclusive of difference. Facing the challenges of our time with hope, grace, and creativity, this book is uniquely positioned in a middle space between the theoretical concerns of the academic community and the needs for accessibility by the practitioner within an instructional context.
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A

A Nation at Risk 9–10, 21

Abowitz, Kathleen 34, 41, 60–61, 159–60, 185

accountability 10, 12, 80–81, 173, 176, 199–200, 206

Adam and Eve 64–65

Addams, Jane 39–41, 168–69, 177, 199, 202

democracy 199

Hull House 39–40, 168–69

Advent 139, 141, 198

adventus 153–54

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