Identities in eventsplaces/transitions SEPTEMBER 26
Spaces as constructedSpaces as gendered, raced, or classedGendered worlds as mediated by language useChildren on playground space: practices not necessarilygenderedTeacher: tells children to group up by “boys” and “girls”Playground space becomes gendered as a binary space
Spaces in figured worlds:RomanceLearning language, practices, roles related to engagingin romanceCategories of “male” and “female” practicesSocialization by veterans on strategies and tacticsPopular culture: Need to have a relationship versusbeing singleSex and the City: relationships
socialization into acommunityParticipation and trajectories in “community of practice”Peripheral, Inbound, Insider, Boundary, OutboundSocialization by veterans into worldFigured world of romance: sorority sistersAA: veteran members: narratives
Becoming a “collegestudent”Socialization: General College, University of MinnesotaMiddle-class home social practices transferred to collegeclassesCollege peers supportive of studying versus distractionsTime management practices: workplace college
Michael Perry: Population 456: New Auburn,Wisconsin I am happy here, but my gravitation to place has always been balanced by my need to move. I crave a contrapuntal mix of shiftlessness and stability. In bed at night, I can hear the trucks out on the highway. Sometimes a driver drifts across the white line, and when the tires hit the rumble strip, the rubbery howl makes me want to drive away in the night, fills me with the urge to go west, makes me think the finest sort of freedom is found at sunrise in a South Dakota rest stop. Contentment, it turns out, can be a matter of global positioning.
Lawn art in new auburn, wi.In New Auburn, as in any place, lawn art is a form of public display assimultaneously trite and revealing as bumper stickers and nose rings. Betweenthe porch and the road, iconography sprouts: the bathtub Madonna, the milk-cow windmill, giant mushrooms carved from stumps, yellow Norwegian Crossingtraffic signs--these images speak to who we are.
Pedagogies of Place: Design (Ellsworth,2005) “The experience of the learning self in the times and places of knowledge in the making, which are also the times and places of the learning self in the making.” Places “speak to and about pedagogy indirectly through design…[they are] things in the making [that] provide us with a ‘zone of historical indetermination’ that allows room for experimentation.”
Lin: design of placeLin: “I create places in which to think, without trying to dictate what tothink.”Pedagogy: “must create places in which to think withoutalready knowing what we should think.”Place “confronts us from outside the concepts we alreadyhave, outside the subjectivities we already are.”
Small-town Minnesota Summer FestivalsRon Lavenda: Cornfests and Water CarnivalsCornfests and Water Carnivals Celebration of town unity/coherence Display of expertise/resources:“Corn Days” Queen’s Pageant Demonstration of commitment to town values Gender identity associated with traditional values Assuming the role of representing the town’s idealized expectations for young peoplePleasure at witnessing commitment to conforming to these expectations
segregated places by raceand classSheryll Cashin,The Failures of Integration: How Race and Class Are Undermining theAmerican DreamRacist real estate policies: “desirable neighborhoods”: higher housingpricesHousing segregation and schooling 43 percent of Latinos and 38 percent of blacks attend schools where fewer than 10 percent of their classmates are white
18% of upper income live in only upperincome neighborhoods
Eric Klinenberg: Living solo1950: 4 million living alone; 9% of households; 22% single2012: 33 million living along; 28% of household; 50% singleWomen could not live alone in the pastSocial security: 80% of all widows/widowers live aloneSeniors living alone: having their own home importantMinneapolis: more than 40% of households are single
Bridges: ManagingtransitionsChange: focus on the outcome or result of making changeTransition: focus on the letting go of the status quo past“Transitions starts with an ending”
Phases of transitionsEnding, losing, letting goNeutral zone of in-between time of readjustingComing out with a new beginning
Institutions in the neutralzoneAnxiety rises and motivation falls: disorientationNo set givens; everything is in fluxProductivity declinesPeople are polarized, overloaded, and confused
transition: retirement1. On the back of your large sheet, list activities that you did before retirementthat you no longer engage in.2. List activities that you now do that you didn’t engage in before retirement.3. In the first list, put a minus next to activities that you miss doing.4. In the second list, put a plus next to activities that you particularly enjoy.5. Share your reflections on the plusses and minuses.
For Oct. 3: online chat:12:30 - 2:00Recall events in your past that were turning points ortransitions in your life: for example, retirement.On the Forum Reply: write a brief summary of one event.And/or share a description on the Chat and what this eventrepresented a change or transition in your identity Click on Chat, enter in posts in the bottom box, and push return to have the post appear in the large box Note: there’s word limit for each Chat post