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The Urban Review

, Volume 51, Issue 1, pp 123–145 | Cite as

“I Just Love Black People!”: Love, Pleasure, and Critical Pedagogy in Urban Teacher Education

  • Esther O. OhitoEmail author
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Abstract

With concern to critical pedagogy, the concept of love is fairly frequently (ab)used, yet under-theorized. In this exploratory study, I ask: How does a critical pedagogy of love—or critical pedagogical love—look, sound, and feel? Regarding feeling, how does a critical pedagogue engage the sensations of pleasure attendant to love? Lastly, how does the pedagogue invite love and pleasure into the pain-filled field of urban teacher education? Using Black feminist theorizing of love as an analytic filter, I investigate a university-based urban teacher educator’s navigation of the nexus of love, pleasure, and critical (specifically, antiracist) pedagogy. Extrapolating from the resultant narrative portrait, I consider the affordances of a critical pedagogy of love that accesses embodied pleasure, emphasizing how such a pedagogy might present racially marginalized persons—particularly urban teacher educators of Color—with opportunities for reprieve from the suffering that characterizes many of our experiences with/in teacher education.

Keywords

Critical pedagogy Urban teacher education Feminist theory Black feminism Portraiture 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Educationc/o Denison UniversityGranvilleUSA

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