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Foucault Goes to Law School : Using Foucault to Examine Australian Legal Education

Ball, Matthew (2009) Foucault Goes to Law School : Using Foucault to Examine Australian Legal Education. In Foucault : 25 Years On, 25 June 2009, University of South Australia, Adelaide.

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Abstract

This paper will consider the way that Foucault’s work has been utilised to examine Australian legal education, particularly in the context of understanding the construction of the legal identity. While remaining sensitive to the many potential ‘uses’ of Foucault’s tools, as well as his problematisation of the author as an organising feature of discourse, this paper will argue that legal education scholarship overwhelmingly utilises concepts such as ‘discourse’ and ‘power-knowledge’, which, while useful, cannot provide a nuanced understanding of the construction of the legal identity. Consequently, this paper suggests that future legal education research utilise Foucault’s concepts of ‘ethics’ and ‘governmentality’ to address these issues.

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ID Code: 26927
Item Type: Conference Paper
Keywords: governmentality, Foucault, legal education, legal identity
ISBN: 9780868038278
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (180000) > OTHER LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (189900) > Law and Legal Studies not elsewhere classified (189999)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > OTHER EDUCATION (139900) > Education not elsewhere classified (139999)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (180000) > LAW (180100) > Law and Society (180119)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Research Centres > Law and Justice Research Centre
Current > Schools > School of Justice
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 Hawke Research Institute
Deposited On: 25 Aug 2009 11:38
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:56

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