Strange Encounters: Embodied Others in Post-coloniality

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Psychology Press, 2000 - History - 212 pages
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Examining the relationship between strangers, embodiment and community, Strange Encounters challenges the assumptions that the stranger is simply anybody we do not recognize and instead proposes that he or she is socially constructued as somebody we already know. Using feminist and postcolonial theory this book examines the impact of multiculturalism and globalization on embodiment and community whilst considering the ethical and political implication of its critique for post-colonial feminism.

A diverse range of texts are analyzed which produce the figure of 'the stranger', showing that it has alternatively been expelled as the origin of danger - such as in neighbourhood watch, or celebrated as the origin of difference - as in multiculturalism. The author argues that both of these standpoints are problematic as they involve 'stranger fetishism'; they assume that the stranger 'has a life of its own'.

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Sara Ahmed has taught in urban, suburban, public, independent, and international schools. She is currently teaching middle school literacy and social studies using the inquiry model at The Bishop's School in La Jolla, California. Sara is coauthor with Harvey "Smokey" Daniels of Upstanders: How to Engage Middle School Hearts and Minds with Inquiry (slated for release Fall 2014). She is a member of the Chicago and Southern California teacher leadership teams for Facing History and Ourselves, an international organization devoted to developing critical thinking and empathy for others. Sara's classroom is designed to help her young adolescent students to consider their own identities and to take action in the world in socially responsible ways. Sara is a Heinemann PD Consulting Author and is available to do On-Site PD. She also will be presenting along-side Harvey "Smokey" Daniels and others at the upcoming Heinemann Multi-Day Institute: Comprehension, Collaboration, and Inquiry: Engaging Students, Exceeding Standards, K-12, held January 16-19, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana.