Content-type: text/html ~ Stephen's Web ~ “Wholeness Is No Trifling Matter”: Toward an Epistemology of Care, Touch, and Celebration in Education

Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community

This is a challenging read, especially for an old white guy like me who sees "an epistemology of wholeness with care, touch, and celebration" as consisting of faraway concepts practised by other peoples in other contexts. Explored through the text of Toni Cade Bambara's The Salt Eaters, this mode of Black refusal "calls forth alternative forms of being and caring for one another beyond state control, force, and surveillance," suggesting alternative ways to consider and reform existing forms of governance and structure. "Structures of care, touch, and celebration... intervene on anti-Black attitudes, actions, and behaviors and invite models of safety, trust, and respect. In order to foster these imperatives, those in positions of power must ask themselves how they might cultivate practices of deep sharing, vulnerability, and connectivity."

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