When learning becomes a fetish: the pledge, turn and prestige of magic tricks

Bainbridge, A. (2017) When learning becomes a fetish: the pledge, turn and prestige of magic tricks. Pedagogy, Culture and Society. pp. 1-7. ISSN 1468-1366.

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Abstract

It is our contention that the process of higher education could be read as a commodity and in both Marxian and Freudian assumptions, a fetish. Instrumental in this discussion are; Marx’s theorising of the commodity fetish (1867) that deceives by conflating the distinction between use and exchange value, and Freud’s (1927) re-visiting of his theory of fetishism, where he considers the fetish in the context of dealing with separation and loss in everyday life.

This paper highlights how the consequence of fetishised behaviour has led to violent outcomes, such as the policy decision to introduce a ‘Teaching Excellence Framework’ (TEF). We argue that the TEF may bring about the death of learning in HE and diminish the role of academic staff. Nevertheless, influenced by Winnicott, Cixous and Biesta, we offer a more hopeful ‘Teaching that is Good Enough Framework’.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International Public License
Uncontrolled Keywords: Fetish; commodity fetish; higher education; teaching; learning; TEF
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Divisions: Faculty of Education > School of Childhood and Education Sciences
Depositing User: Mr Alan Bainbridge
Date Deposited: 06 Dec 2017 15:48
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2017 11:50
URI: https://create.canterbury.ac.uk/id/eprint/16585

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