Foucault News

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

Brown, C., Carr, S. Education policy and mental weakness: a response to a mental health crisis (2018) Journal of Education Policy, pp. 1-25. Article in Press. DOI: 10.1080/02680939.2018.1445293 Abstract Educationalists have been concerned with the labelling and treatment of children with mental health difficulties in the education system in England for some time. These concerns …

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Clapham, A., Vickers, R. Neither a borrower nor a lender be: exploring ‘teaching for mastery’ policy borrowing (2018) Oxford Review of Education, pp. 1-19. Article in Press. DOI: 10.1080/03054985.2018.1450745 Abstract Mathematics education is a high-stakes indicator of success in ‘über’ performative systems. The search to address England’s mathematics underperformance resulted in cross-national attraction toward, and …

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Call for chapters: Would Foucault have read Harry Potter? Unlocking social theory with popular culture Naomi Barnes, Amanda Heffernan and  Shirley Steinberg are calling for abstracts for an edited book, tentatively titled Would Foucault have read Harry Potter? Unlocking social theory with popular culture. After initial consultation, the book is intended for Palgrave Publications. Below is …

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Hinchliffe, G. Epistemic freedom and education (2018) Ethics and Education, 13 (2), pp. 191-207. DOI: 10.1080/17449642.2018.1438150 Abstract First of all, I define the concept of epistemic freedom in the light of the changing nature of educational practice that prioritise over-prescriptive conceptions of learning. I defend the ‘reality’ of this freedom against possible determinist-related criticisms. I …

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Pembroke, S. Foucault and Industrial Schools in Ireland: Subtly Disciplining or Dominating through Brutality? (2018) Sociology, . Article in Press. DOI: 10.1177/0038038518763490 Abstract Industrial Schools run by Catholic Religious Orders in Ireland were a form of institutionalised child-welfare that incarcerated children in need for most of the 20th century. During the last decade, Industrial Schools …

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Casey, A., Larsson, H. “It’s Groundhog Day”: Foucault’s Governmentality and Crisis Discourses in Physical Education (2018) Quest, pp. 1-18. Article in Press. DOI: 10.1080/00336297.2018.1451347 Abstract Dominant discourses in physical education research center on subject-wide crisis. This is despite repeated calls to address enduring concerns about how physical education is taught. In short, the subject seems …

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Brigley Thompson, Z. From safe spaces to precarious moments: teaching sexuality and violence in the American higher education classroom (2018) Gender and Education, pp. 1-17. Article in Press. DOI: 10.1080/09540253.2018.1458077 Abstract Critics of safe spaces in campus teaching often fail to understand the complexity of instructors’ practices in teaching controversial topics. Beginning with recent controversy …

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Ralph Lamar Turner & Carol Gassaway (2018) Between kudzu and killer apps: Finding human ground between the monoculture of MOOCs and online mechanisms for learning, Educational Philosophy and Theory,Published online: 07 May 2018 DOI: 10.1080/00131857.2018.1465816 Abstract Although MOOCs have not lived up to previously breathless predictions of disruption, they have had an outsized influence on university administrators …

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Matthews, M. Counter hegemony in post-compulsory art and design and gallery education, through Sartre and Foucault (2018) Pedagogy, Culture and Society, pp. 1-16. Article in Press. DOI: 10.1080/14681366.2018.1428220 Abstract Austerity politics in Britain are edging towards compressed learning and teaching identities, driven by competition for resources and normative standards. Policy changes since 2010 have impacted …

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