Democratic Education and Iterations: On the Emotion of Talking Back

  • Nuraan DavidsEmail author
  • Yusef Waghid


In this chapter, we focus on Benhabib’s (The Rights of Others: Aliens, Residents and Citizens, Cambridge University Press, 2004) conception of democratic iteration, as being at the core of democratic education. We posit that the premise of democratic iterations is not to alter the normative validity of practical discourses, but to determine the legitimacy of particular processes of opinion and will formation. In this regard, we focus on two examples: one commonly referred to as the French scarf affair and the other involving the prohibition of ‘black languages and hair’ in South African schools. We argue that it would be unjustifiable to delink democratic education from rational articulations and rearticulations and emotional will formation.


Democratic iteration Practice Rational articulation Will formation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Education Policy StudiesStellenbosch UniversityStellenboschSouth Africa
  2. 2.Faculty of EducationStellenbosch UniversityStellenboschSouth Africa

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