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Inheriting PossibilitySocial Reproduction and Quantification in Education$
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Ezekiel J. Dixon-Román

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781517901264

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9781517901264.001.0001

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Inheriting Possibility

Inheriting Possibility

Quantum Anthropologies and the Forces of Inheritance

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Inheriting Possibility

Ezekiel J. Dixon-Román

University of Minnesota Press

Chapter one discusses the dominant perspectives of the social sciences on social inheritance: genetic heritability, culture and social context/constructionism, and interactionist/epigenetics. It then turns to new materialisms in order to move toward a post-humanist deconstruction of the nature/culture binary. This then frames its new materialist reconceptualizing of inheritance by discussing three major forces of inheritance: the material-discursive forces, timespace, and assemblages. It is for these reasons Inheriting Possibility argues that it is no longer enough to study an evolving and growing human organism in the backdrop of an assumed fixed, presripted, and predated nature. The ecologies and matter of “Nature” are mattering on/in/with human learning and development.

Keywords:   New materialisms, Education, Inheritance, Deconstruction, social reproduction, SAT, post-humanist studies, philosophy of science, quantitative methods, parenting practices

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