Power/Knowledge for Educational Theory: Stephen Ball and the Reception of Foucault

Journal of Philosophy of Education 45 (1):141-156 (2011)
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This paper explores the significance of the concept of power/knowledge in educational theory. The argument proceeds in two main parts. In the first, I consider aspects of Stephen J. Ball's highly influential work in educational theory. I examine his reception of Foucault's concept of power/knowledge and suggest that there are problems in his adoption of Foucault's thought. These problems arise from the way that he settles interpretations into received ideas. Foucault's thought, I try to show, is not to be seen in a confined way. In the second part, I seek a different reading of Foucault's notion of power/knowledge in order to break with this tendency to confine, referring to the work of Gilles Deleuze. I draw particularly on Deleuze's thought of the outside as a means of manifesting the significance of power/knowledge in relation to processes of subjectification. At the end of the paper, I suggest how educational theory might be reconceived in the light of potencies of power/knowledge that the paper has demonstrated
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Stephen J. Ball (1993). Education Policy, Power Relations and Teachers' Work. British Journal of Educational Studies 41 (2):106 - 121.
Dan W. Butin (2006). Putting Foucault to Work in Educational Research. Journal of Philosophy of Education 40 (3):371–380.

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