Foucault News

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

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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Powell, D. Critical ethnography in schools: reflections on power, positionality, and privilege (2021) International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education. DOI: 10.1080/09518398.2021.1888160 Abstract This paper is a critical reflection of a critical ethnography, a study focused on how ‘healthy lifestyle education’ programmes were implemented and experienced in two primary schools. In an attempt to disrupt …

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Adriany, V., Newberry, J. Neuroscience and the construction of a new child in early childhood education in Indonesia: A neoliberal legacy (2021) Current Sociology. DOI: 10.1177/0011392120985875 Abstract Neuroscience has become a new ‘truth’ in early childhood education across the globe, including in Indonesia. This article aims to demonstrate how the alignment of neuroscience discourse and …

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Qazi, M.H., Javid, C.Z. Educational parlance of equity and inclusivity and students’ gendered national identity constructions in public schools in Islamabad, Pakistan (2021) International Journal of Inclusive Education. DOI: 10.1080/13603116.2021.1889051 Abstract This exploratory qualitative study problematises how Pakistan’s public-school education shapes female identities, employing compulsory school textbooks. Drawing on Foucault’s Discourse Analysis and other selected …

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Claire Colebrook What Is This Thing Called Education? Qualitative Inquiry. 2017;23(9):649-655. doi:10.1177/1077800417725357 Abstract Education exposes a conundrum that extends well beyond government policy and beyond those working in education as a designated discipline. If education is nothing more than a human science or the achievement of satisfactory outcomes by way of testing, then education has …

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Baker, B., & O’Farrell, C. (2021, February 23). Curriculum influences: William James and Michel Foucault. In Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Education. Oxford University Press. DOI: 10.1093/acrefore/9780190264093.013.1093 Editor: I’m really pleased to see this out after a long wait! Email me if you would like a copy and can’t get through the paywall Summary William James …

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David Fryer, Charles Marley, Rose Stambe, The Reproduction of Compliant Labour Power Through (Re)Constitution of the Child and Adult Subject: Critical Knowledge-Work, Awry: Journal of Critical Psychology, Vol 1 No 1 (2020) Open access Abstract As Althusser made clear: “the reproduction of labour power requires not only a reproduction of its skills, but also, at …

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Carozzi, G. Hope and responsibility: embracing different types of knowledge whilst generating my own living-educational-theory (2021) Educational Action Research DOI: 10.1080/09650792.2021.1880458 Abstract For Foucault, discourses shape people’s knowledge and inform how they act in a society. Power over others is legitimated by dominant discourses, a means through which hegemony discloses itself: a given group is …

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Georgette Bajada, Anne-Marie Callus & Kurt Borg (2021) Unpretentious education: a Foucaultian study of inclusive education in Malta, Disability & Society, Published online: 27 Jan 2021 DOI: 10.1080/09687599.2021.1874877 Abstract This article adopts a theoretical perspective inspired from the work of Michel Foucault to explore the experience of disabled students in Malta. In particular, it studies …

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