Towards a Thinking and Practice of Sexual Difference: Putting the Practice of Relationship at the Centre

In Morwenna Griffiths, Marit Honerød Hoveid, Sharon Todd & Christine Winter (eds.), Re‐Imagining Relationships in Education. Wiley. pp. 23–37 (2014-10-27)
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The practice of relationship itself is seen to be the central vehicle through which human beings learn and understand themselves, others, and the world around them. The politics of sexual difference insists that the flourishing of sexual difference in both women and men, girls and boys, relies, ultimately, on both sexes taking up the challenge to rethink themselves and the world. This chapter explores the emergence of a whole new philosophical idea, brought into being by Luce Irigaray in the context of the women's movements of the 1960s and 1970s in Europe. It then outlines how this idea was developed in Italy and Spain to restore the work of the mother to the origins of what we understand as education and philosophy, emphasising the need to bring relationship itself as the vehicle for this process onto centre stage and keep it there.

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