Schooling and 'disorderly objects': doing discourse analysis using Foucault

Graham, Linda J. (2005) Schooling and 'disorderly objects': doing discourse analysis using Foucault. In Australian Association for Research in Education Annual Conference 2005, 27th November -1st December 2005, Parramatta, Sydney.


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To interrogate pedagogical discourses relating to child behaviour as ‘practices that systematically form the objects of which they speak’ (Foucault, 1972, p.54), this paper features the analysis of three texts. The principle text is a statement describing problematic child behaviour in school. Of concern is how this particular statement functions – what does it do and with what effects? In examining the function of this statement, analysis will be informed by the examination of two other texts. Each demonstrate techniques in the production of meaning; specifically how the use of performative language and intertextual reference contribute to and enhance the constitutive properties of discourse. The aim is first to ‘try to grasp subjection in its material instance as a constitution of subjects’ (Foucault, 1980b, p.97) through the interrogation of discursive practices that objectify and subjugate the individual; and second, to call attention to the dangers inherent to the ways in which problematic child behaviour is described in schools.

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ID Code: 2806
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: No
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Keywords: Discourse analysis, Foucault, production of meaning through performative language, intertextuality, ADHD, disruptive behaviour disorder, psychological discourse, pedagogical discourse
ISSN: 1324-9339
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2005 (please consult author)
Deposited On: 08 Dec 2005 00:00
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 12:28

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