Moving on (part 1): The physics of power and curriculum history

Baker, Bernadette (2001) Moving on (part 1): The physics of power and curriculum history. Journal of Curriculum Studies, 33(2), pp. 157-177.

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This is the first of two papers that map (dis)continuities in notions of power from Aristotle to Newton to Foucault. They trace the ways in which bio-physical conceptions of power became paraphrased in social science and deployed in educational discourse on the child and curriculum from post-Newtonian times to the present. The analyses suggest that, amid ruptures in the definition, role, location and meaning given 'power' historically in various 'physical' and 'social' cosmologies, the naming of 'power' has been dependent on 'physics', on the theorization of motion across 'Western' sciences. This first paper examines some (dis)continuities in regard to histories of motion and power from Aristotelian 'natural science' to Newtonian mechanics.

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ID Code: 89883
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
DOI: 10.1080/00220270117910
ISSN: 1366-5839
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Deposited On: 26 Nov 2015 05:51
Last Modified: 26 Nov 2015 05:51

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