Foucault News

News and resources on French thinker Michel Foucault (1926-1984)

A. Pitsikali & R. Parnell (2019) The public playground paradox: ‘child’s joy’ or heterotopia of fear?, Children’s Geographies, 17:6, 719-731, DOI: 10.1080/14733285.2019.1605046 ABSTRACT Literature depicts children of the Global North withdrawing from public space to ‘acceptable islands’. Driven by fears both of and for children, the public playground – one such island – provides clear-cut …

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Stephen J. Ball & Emiliano Grimaldi (2021) Neoliberal education and the neoliberal digital classroom, Learning, Media and Technology, DOI: 10.1080/17439884.2021.1963980 ABSTRACT This article explores some aspects of the relation between neoliberalisation and the increasing use of digital technologies in school classrooms. It does this in relation to a specific case – a specific school, classroom …

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Gunn, A. Foucauldian Discourse Analysis and Early Childhood Education. Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Education. Published online: 23 May 2019 Summary Formal early childhood education is a relatively modern institution to which increasing numbers of children are routinely exposed. Since the modern invention of childhood, the early childhood years have been increasingly established as a site …

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Garlen, J.C., Chang-Kredl, S., Farley, L., Sonu, D. Childhood innocence and experience: Memory, discourse and practice (2020) Children and Society. DOI: 10.1111/chso.12428 Abstract This article examines how childhood innocence is taken up in (92) memories of undergraduate students across four sites in the US and Canada. Drawing from Foucault’s theory of discourse, we examine how …

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Kingston, S. Parent involvement in education? A Foucauldian discourse analysis of school newsletters (2021) Power and Education, 13 (2), pp. 58-72. DOI: 10.1177/17577438211011623 Abstract The Ontario Ministry of Education (2010) puts forth parent involvement as a solution for underachievement and as a resource for building better schools. A Foucauldian discourse analysis of school newsletters reveals …

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Ball, S., Collet-Sabé, J. Against school: an epistemological critique (2021) Discourse DOI: 10.1080/01596306.2021.1947780 Abstract The paper argues that the modern school is an ‘intolerable’ institution. 1 Contrary to the sensibilities of educational research that look for more and/or better schooling as a way of making education more equal and more inclusive, our position is against …

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Rozhdestvenskaia, E.A. The ethics of care discourse for future education (2021) Chelovek, 32 (2), pp. 76-88. DOI: 10.31857/S023620070014862-5 Abstract We reveal the key approaches to the ethics of care (Plato, M. Heidegger, M. Foucault), and the features of the feminist ethics of care (N. Noddings, K. Gilligan et al.), which implies the denial of the …

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Stephen J. Ball (2021) Response: policy? Policy research? How absurd?, Critical Studies in Education, DOI: 10.1080/17508487.2021.1924214 Extract from first page There is no way that I can address the wide range of issues raised in the exemplary collection of papers on policy sociology. These are cutting edge pieces by world-class scholars that lay out analytic …

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M. Francyne Huckaby (2008) Making Use of Foucault in a Study of Specific Parrhesiastic Scholars, Educational Philosophy and Theory, 40:6, 770-788. DOI: 10.1111/j.1469-5812.2007.00369.x Abstract In this article, I describe how I made use of Foucault theoretically and methodologically in a study of five specific parrhesiastic scholars. Such scholars challenge hegemony in educational policies and practices, …

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