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Charlier, J.-É., Panait, O.M.
Resistances to global educational prescriptions in the Global South: theoretical considerations through Michel Foucault’s lenses
(2018) British Journal of Sociology of Education, 39 (3), pp. 348-364.

DOI: 10.1080/01425692.2017.1351865

This article proposes an inquiry into Foucault’s approach of subjectivation, extending it to the institutional actors and individual subjects in the educational field in the Global South. The article takes Senegal as a case study and examines the reactions of these categories of actors to the Education for All global policy and to the national policies drawn from it. The article focuses on the resistance practices without ignoring the conformity dimension. The theoretical extension proposed is based on the complementary association of Foucault’s works on ‘resistance’ with the theoretical models of Hirschman, of Bajoit and of Le Bourhis and Lascoumes. This enables the development of a typology of forms of reactions to global educational prescriptions, going from a variety of resistance practices to conformity attitudes. © 2017 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.

Author Keywords
global educational prescriptions; Global South; individual subjects; institutional actors; Resistance

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