Genealogies of governmentality: producing and managing young children and their education
Ailwood, Joanne (2004) Genealogies of governmentality: producing and managing young children and their education. The Australian Educational Researcher, 31(3), pp. 19-33.
Genealogies, or histories of the present, create critical spaces to remind us of the non-necessity of that which we consider necessary to our lives (Burchell 1993). Further, genealogies of governmentality attempt to create this space with a focus on how conduct is conducted. In this paper I suggest that genealogies of governmentality are one way to make critical analyses of the education of young children. Sociologies of childhood consider childhood to be a relational concept, functioning in relation to adulthood. I argue that genealogies are one way to illuminate these relationships. In particular pointing towards the ways in which the education of young children is deeply embedded in a range of complex and contradictory ‘adult’ discourses and knowledges, including those of motherhood, politics, worker, citizen and the economy. To illustrate this I provide an analysis of the provision of preschool education in Queensland’s government schools.
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|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Keywords:||early childhood education and care, genealogy, governmentality, Foucault|
|Subjects:||Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIOLOGY (160800) > Sociology of Education (160809)|
|Divisions:||Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education|
|Copyright Owner:||Copyright 2004 AARE|
|Copyright Statement:||Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.|
|Deposited On:||22 Jan 2007 00:00|
|Last Modified:||29 Feb 2012 13:21|
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