Modulating power and 'new weapons': Taking aim at the education revolution

Thompson, Greg (2010) Modulating power and 'new weapons': Taking aim at the education revolution. In 40th Conference of the Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia (PESA 2010), 2-5 December 2010, Perth, W.A.

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This paper looks at the emergent performative culture seducing education in the Australian context. It links this corporate discourse to Deleuzean theorising of control societies to postulate that what we are experiencing is a new form of power relations – that of the modulating mechanisms of power. These modulating mechanisms overlay disciplinary power such that the self is modulated through the amplification and frequencies of the instruments of modulation: the simulation, the categorical sorting and the sample. These instruments are increasingly utilised within the performative culture of the Australian Federal Government’s Education Revolution as examples of the performative ‘terror’ or the abstraction of the self from the terrain in which they move. Finally, some new weapons are suggested that may offer preliminary and tentative ‘movement’ in deterritorialising ways through the enclosed spaces of mass, compulsory school and the policy that shapes it.

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ID Code: 86169
Item Type: Conference Paper
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Keywords: education revolution, performative culture, Deleuze, modulating mechanisms, disciplinary power
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 The Author
Deposited On: 05 Aug 2015 00:19
Last Modified: 06 Aug 2015 21:24

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