Category Archives: Foucault

Foucault and the Early Childhood Classroom

Foucault’s notion of “regimes of truth” provides an understanding of how some discourses operate and network together to reinforce a particular powerful view of the world. These can be in oral or written forms. Early childhood education practices are drawn … Continue reading

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Foucault, Gramsci and Critical Theory

Bringing Marx, Gramsci, and Foucault together is not so common in Germany and this is reflected in the limited number of scholars who do such work. Most critical intellectuals who refer to one of these names usually exclude the other … Continue reading

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Care of the self, resistance and subjectivity under neoliberal governmentalities

Resistance is normally thought of as a collective exercise of public political activity. In this article, Ball and Olmedo approach the question of resistance in a different way, through Foucault’s notion of ‘the care of the self’. Neoliberal reforms in … Continue reading

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The Confessing Society: Foucault, Confession and Practices of Lifelong Learning

Today, people are constantly encouraged to verbalise and disclose their “true” inner self to others, whether on TV shows, in newspapers, in family life or together with friends. Such encouragement to disclose the self has proliferated through discourses on lifelong … Continue reading

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Foucault as Complexity Theorist – Overcoming the Problems of Classical Philosophical Analysis

This article explores the affinities and parallels between Foucault’s Nietzschean view of history and models of complexity developed in the physical sciences in the twentieth century. It claims that Foucault’s rejection of structuralism and Marxism can be explained as a … Continue reading

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Education, Enterprise Culture and the Entrepreneurial Self: A Foucauldian Perspective

The notion of ‘enterprise culture’ emerged in the United Kingdom as a central motif in political thought under Margaret Thatcher’s administration. The notion represented a profound shift away from the Keynesian welfare state to a deliberate attempt at cultural restructuring … Continue reading

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Decolonizing Methodologies: Research and Indigenous Peoples

From the vantage point of the colonized, the term ‘research’ is inextricably linked with European colonialism; the ways in which scientific research has been implicated in the worst excesses of imperialism remains a powerful remembered history for many of the … Continue reading

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Normalizing Foucault? – A Rhizomatic Approach to Plateaus in Anglophone Educational Research

In  a  recent  analysis  of  anglophone  scholarship, Baker and Heyning considered both where and when Foucault’s name was made to live and also analyzed the kinds of work such naming has performed,  i.e., the substantive claims made  in the name … Continue reading

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Foucault, Education, the Self and Modernity

Michel Foucault is often criticised in English-speaking circles  for being interested only in power as domination, and  of being uninterested in freedom and social reform.  This  paper shows, however,  that Foucault’s overarching concern was with  the constitution of  the self … Continue reading

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The government of self and others

This lecture, given by Michel Foucault at the Collège de France, launches an inquiry into the notion of parresia and continues his rereading of ancient philosophy. Through the study of this notion of truth-telling, of speaking out freely, Foucault reexamines … Continue reading

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