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Speaking of "disorderly" objects: a poetics of pedagogical discourse

Graham, Linda J. (2006) Speaking of "disorderly" objects: a poetics of pedagogical discourse. In Foucault and Education SIG, American Education Research Association (AERA), April 6-11 2006, San Francisco.

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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 through the development and deployment of what might be called a poetics of pedagogical discourse. The principal text is a statement describing "problematic" behaviour in school. Of concern is how this particular statement functions – what does it do and with what effects? Here my analysis will be informed by the examination of two other texts. Each demonstrate techniques in the production of meaning; specifically how performative language and intertextuality 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, in objectifying and subjugating individual school children, create the condition of possibility for the recognition and classification of disorderly behaviour and behaviour disorders, such as ADHD. A second but no less important aim is to call attention to the dangers inherent to the ways in which child behaviour comes to be described in schools.

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ID Code: 3830
Item Type: Conference Paper
Additional Information: Finished paper in press with Discourse: studies in the cultural politics of education.
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Keywords: Foucault, discourse analysis, ADHD, child psychopathologisation, teachers use of deficit discourses
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES (220000) > HISTORY AND PHILOSOPHY OF SPECIFIC FIELDS (220200) > History and Philosophy of Education (220202)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2006 (please consult author)
Deposited On: 06 Apr 2006
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 22:31

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