Foucault News

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

Menzies, F.G., Santoro, N. ‘Doing’ gender in a rural Scottish secondary school: an ethnographic study of classroom interactions (2018) Ethnography and Education, 13 (4), pp. 428-441. DOI: 10.1080/17457823.2017.1351386 Abstract This article draws on data from an ethnographic case study that examined how pupils’ gendered identities are constructed in one rural secondary school in Scotland. We …

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Rytzler, J. Turning the gaze to the self and away from the self–Foucault and Weil on the matter of education as attention formation (2019) Ethics and Education, 14 (3), pp. 285-297. DOI: 10.1080/17449642.2019.1617452 Abstract Through writings of Simone Weil and Michel Foucault, the article explores the notion of education as the formation of the attending …

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Pratt, N., Alderton, J. Producing assessment truths: a Foucauldian analysis of teachers’ reorganisation of levels in English primary schools (2019) British Journal of Sociology of Education, 40 (5), pp. 581-597. DOI: 10.1080/01425692.2018.1561245 Abstract This article considers a recent policy initiative in assessment in English primary schools (ages 5–11 years) in which curriculum ‘levels’ used by …

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Call for chapters: Autoethnography and self-study as education research methods: Continuing debates and contemporary applications Edited by Deborah L. Mulligan, Emilio A. Anteliz and Patrick Alan Danaher FOCUS AND RATIONALE There is recurring and increasing scholarly interest in the ethical and methodological possibilities of autoethnography and self-study as research methods in education (understood broadly and …

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Weili Zhao (2019) China’s making and governing of educational subjects as ‘talent’: A dialogue with Michel Foucault, Educational Philosophy and Theory DOI: 10.1080/00131857.2019.1646640 Abstract As an imprint of Confucian culture, China’s education intersects state governance in making and governing educational subjects as ‘talent’, an official translation of the Chinese term ‘rencai’ (literally, human-talent). Whereas the …

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Niesche R., Gowlett C. (2019) Social, Critical and Political Theories for Educational Leadership. Series: Educational Leadership Theory. Springer, Singapore This book makes the case for the continued and expanded use of social, critical and political theories in the field of educational leadership. It helps readers understand educational leadership by introducing them to a wide variety …

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Siew Fung Lee (2019) Governing ‘disadvantage’ through readiness: A Foucauldian policy genealogy of funded nursery places for two-year-olds. Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood. DOI: 10.1177/1463949119864200 ABSTRACT This article critically examines how the policy of funded nursery places for ‘disadvantaged’ two-year-olds in England opens up economic and political spaces in readiness for increased governance. The government …

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Thiel, J. The UK National Student Survey: An amalgam of discipline and neo-liberal governmentality (2019) British Educational Research Journal, 45 (3), pp. 538-553. DOI: 10.1002/berj.3512 Abstract The UK National Student Survey (NSS) has high status on the agenda of UK universities. Its rise in status is linked to its influence on national rankings and associated …

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Gobby, B., Niesche, R. Community empowerment? School autonomy, school boards and depoliticising governance (2019) Australian Educational Researcher, 46 (3), pp. 565-582. DOI: 10.1007/s13384-019-00303-9 Abstract The public education systems of many countries have undergone governance reforms involving administrative decentralisation, corporatisation and community ‘empowerment’. In this paper, we examine the significance of local participation and partnerships in …

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Grierson, E.M. Calling for change: A feminist approach to women in art, politics, philosophy and education (2019) Educational Philosophy and Theory, 51 (7), pp. 731-743. DOI: 10.1080/00131857.2018.1488215 Abstract Michel Foucault showed by his genealogical method that history is random. It comprises sites of disarray and dispersal. In those sites, Simone de Beauvoir wrote philosophy through …

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