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Llewellyn, A.
Problematising the pursuit of progress in mathematics education
(2015) Educational Studies in Mathematics, 16 p. Article in Press.

DOI: 10.1007/s10649-015-9645-8

In this article, I use a Foucauldian poststructural analysis to examine productions of progress within key discursive spaces of mathematics education. These sites of production are educational policy, mathematics education research and case studies of primary school student-teachers in England. From my analysis, I show how progress governs what is possible in the classroom, as they become constructed around a measurable, linear temporality assumed in educational policy. This encourages comparison to and pursuit of the “normal” mathematical child, which in educational policy is produced as a functional automaton, whilst for much of mathematics education research is produced as the cognitive “natural” child. These over sanitised constructions result in confusion for student-teachers who struggle to take these impossible discourses on board. © 2015 Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht

Author Keywords
Educational policy; Foucault; Governmentally; Mathematical child; Neoliberal; New labour; Progress

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McCarthy, J.
Closing the casket: professionalism and care amongst funeral directors in the Republic of Ireland
(2015) Mortality, 17 p. Article in Press.

DOI: 10.1080/13576275.2015.1100160

In this article, the professional identity of funeral directors is explored through in-depth interview data. The article explores the experiences of funeral directors and ways in which they position themselves in relation to the ritual of the funeral, social and religious values and family structures. The intention is to scrutinise how funeral directors give validity and meaning to their role through various ideas of professionalism, as well as the tensions and contradictions that can arise at certain moments. Accordingly, it seeks to illustrate how funeral directors can contribute to the maintenance of certain normative practices, but also that they can be subjected to particular expectations and tensions in their everyday lives as a result. On this basis, it draws on the work of Michel Foucault to suggest that spaces of uncertainty can give rise to new possibilities in terms of how the role of funeral director is enacted, highlighting the fluid and incomplete nature of the professionalism that many of the participants of this study adhere to.

Author Keywords
death; funeral director; Ireland; professionalism

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Kollosche, D.
Criticising with Foucault: towards a guiding framework for socio-political studies in mathematics education
(2015) Educational Studies in Mathematics, 14 p. Article in Press.

DOI: 10.1007/s10649-015-9648-5

Socio-political studies in mathematics education often touch complex fields of interaction between education, mathematics and the political. In this paper I present a Foucault-based framework for socio-political studies in mathematics education which may guide research in that area. In order to show the potential of such a framework, I discuss the potential and limits of Marxian ideology critique, present existing Foucault-based research on socio-political aspects of mathematics education, develop my framework and show its use in an outline of a study on socio-political aspects of calculation in the mathematics classroom.

Author Keywords
Calculation; Critical mathematics education; Critique; Foucault; Marx

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Engels, K.S.
Biopower, Normalization, and HPV: A Foucauldian Analysis of the HPV Vaccine Controversy
(2015) Journal of Medical Humanities, 14 p. Article in Press.

DOI: 10.1007/s10912-015-9361-5

This article utilizes the Foucauldian concepts of biopower and normalization to give an analysis of the debate surrounding the controversial administration of the HPV vaccine to adolescents. My intention is not to solve the problem, rather to utilize a Foucauldian framework to bring various facets of the issue to light, specifically the way the vaccine contributes to strategies of power in reference to how young adults develop within relationships of power. To begin, the article provides an overview of the Foucauldian concepts of biopower and normalization, including how these two strategies of power were present in the administration of the smallpox vaccine in the 19th century. Next, information about HPV and the history of the current controversy in the United States is presented. Lastly, the article presents an analysis of the strategies of biopower and normalization present in the debate on HPV, including an emphasis on how the vaccination is similar to, and different from, 19th century smallpox vaccination. It also explores the way that mechanisms of disease control affect and are affected by individual subjects, in this case, adolescents. © 2015 Springer Science+Business Media New York

Author Keywords
Biopower; Foucault; Human papillomavirus; Normalization

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“An Archaeology of Adam Smith’s Epistemic Context”
Iara Vigo de Lima and Danielle Guizzo
Review of Political Economy, Published online: 26 Oct 2015


Adam Smith played a key role in Foucault’s archaeology of political economy. This archaeology, which Foucault accomplished in The Order of Things, is the focus of this article. Foucault may have disagreed with the writings of the classical political economists but he widens our perspective through new possibilities of understanding. It is very illuminating to understand Smith’s thinking as following a discursive practice that economic thought shared with the knowledge of living beings (natural history) and language (grammar). Foucault’s archaeology highlights some ontological and epistemological conditions that shed light on some of the pillars of Smith’s thinking: the centrality of exchange, the division of labour and the labour theory of value. The proximity between Newton and Smith is also examined in ontological and epistemological terms which can be understood through an investigation of that interdiscursivity practice. Beyond testing Foucault’s considerations, our aim is to demonstrate their potential for the current scholarship of Smith’s works. Foucault’s archaeology of knowledge offers a range of elements that warrants greater analysis by historians of economic thought.

Key Words:
Adam Smith, archaeology, Foucault, interdiscursive practice, Newtonian method, ontological and epistemological conditions.

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Miguelángel Verde Garrido, Contesting a biopolitics of information and communications: The importance of truth and sousveillance after Snowden, Surveillance and society, Vol 13, No 2 (2015)

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This article aims to provide a novel conceptual understanding of the nature of the global mass surveillance policies and practices revealed by whistleblower Edward Snowden in collaboration with the Guardian and Washington Post newspapers. The critical analysis and conceptual reinterpretation of state and corporate surveillance and its impact on the political agency of civil society is multidisciplinary. An intersection of surveillance studies, political philosophy, and global politics/international relations provides an overview of the policies and practices that states and corporations develop and implement in relation to information and communications technologies (ICT). Clarifying how contemporary society is global and digital, it analyzes the way in which political economies inform contemporary policies and practices of surveillance. A critical analysis the relation of political economy to neoliberal governmentality, biopolitical technologies of power, and contemporary regimes of truth, leads to posit that global mass surveillance is a technology of power deployed by a contemporary biopolitics of information and communication. A conceptual reinterpretation of Foucault’s notion of parrhesia and Mann’s notion of sousveillance leads to posit that parrhesiastic sousveillance is a socio-political and technologically-enabled modality of resistance that can resemantize contemporary politics of truth and lead towards a newborn digital agency for global(ized) civil society.

Global politics; biopolitics; parrhesia; biopolitics of information and communications; resistance; information and communications technologies (ICT); sousveillance; regime of truth; political economy; states; corporations; civil society

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Mitchell Dean, Foucault must not be defended, History and Theory, Volume 54, Issue 3, pages 389–403, October 2015

DOI: 10.1111/hith.10767

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This paper responds to and comments on many of the themes of the book under consideration concerning Foucault and neoliberalism. In doing so, it offers reflections on the relation between the habitus of the intellectual and the political contexts of action and engagement in the case of Foucault, and the strengths and weaknesses of his characterization of his work in terms of an “experimental” ethos. It argues that it is possible to identify his distinctive views on neoliberalism as a programmatic ideal, as a language of critique of the postwar welfare state, and as an element within actual political forces such as the French “Second Left” of the 1970s. It examines the legacy of Foucault in “governmentality studies” and argues for attentiveness to the different intellectual positions, and their potentially divergent political consequences, within this school of thought. It concludes by suggesting that the discussion currently taking place, and in part inaugurated by this book, might signal a change of his status in the humanities and social sciences today from “unsurpassable horizon” of critical thought to acknowledged classical thinker, with strengths and limitations, and a series of problems that might not be our own.



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