5ο Επιστημονικό Συνέδριο Ιστορίας Εκπαίδευσης με θέμα: «Εκπαίδευση και Kοινωνική Δικαιοσύνη» Δημοσίευση εισηγήσεων

Συγγραφείς: Angelo Van Gorp & Pieter Verstraete (K.U.Leuven, Centre for the History of Education, Belgium)
pdf ολόκληρης εισήγησης: Angelo Van Gorp Bodies and Medical Minds_paper Patras 2008.pdf
Περίληψη: In this article the authors are focussing on the start of special education in Belgium to which the impetus seems to have been provided by the patronage movement, an international network dealing with the protection of the child. Ovide Decroly’s scientific works in the fields of psychology and special as well as new education were closely related to this network and, thus, are taken as the starting point for exploring the construction of the Brussels special education section in the first part of this article. In the second part the authors are presenting some reflections on this case study. The emergence of the special education section is linked to the professionalization of medical practices. There are real people acting on other real people in the past, yet these people and their actions cannot be seen as the fundamental basis of an historical reality or the starting-point of a specific process, like e.g. of medicalization. Therefore it is necessary to historicize and to pay attention to the ‘wild profusion of entangled events’ in which both subjects and objects are created. In a concluding remark the authors argue that, although ‘disentangling’ implies a certain ‘simplification’, this doesn’t mean that it has to result in a ‘simplified’ history as it exactly enables countering a simplified one-directional approach regarding a subject (the medical mind) that creates or represents an object (the backward body).
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