Governing civil society: How literacy, education and security were brought together

Kelly, Stephen John (2015) Governing civil society: How literacy, education and security were brought together. PhD thesis, Queensland University of Technology.


This study questions how the categories of security, education and literacy were brought together as related elements of a whole-of-government strategy in the production of civil society. Drawing on an analysis of key political texts, the study argues that the categories of education and literacy have been used in diverse ways in the production of national, social, economic and geopolitical security interests. As dialogue about security has intensified, rationalisations about the national interest have engaged notions of security leading to the legitimation of a diverse set of policy instruments, strategically used to contain the rise of complex social forces and protect homogenous cultural values.

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ID Code: 84680
Item Type: QUT Thesis (PhD)
Supervisor: Woods, Annette & Comber, Barbara
Keywords: biopolitics, civil society, critique, discourse, education, genealogy, governmentality, literacy, neoliberalism, security
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Deposited On: 12 Jul 2015 23:28
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2016 01:13

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