chapter  3
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A process of (un)becoming: Life history and the professional development of teachers


This chapter traces the story of Sue, an elementary school teacher in Australia, and the process of (un)becoming that marked her experience of negotiating an identity as a teacher of a new anti-racist school curriculum entitled Studies of Asia. The concept of becoming is saturated with positive, progressive insinu - ations of growth, development and forward movement. Yet the process of becoming (someone? something?) is never a calm, linear course. It is a knotty path full of twists and turns that always involves, if only partially and in passing, a process of loss, abandonment or (re)alignment of subjectivity and identity. It is this doubleness of simultaneously making and unmaking the self that is captured in the notion of (un)becoming and that is the focus of Sue’s story in this chapter.