Bartholomaeus, C.
Developmental discourses as a regime of truth in research with primary school students
(2016) International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, 29 (7), pp. 911-924.

DOI: 10.1080/09518398.2016.1174896

While developmental discourses have been heavily critiqued in relation to education systems, less attention has been paid to how these impact the data collection process in classroom research. This article utilises Foucault’s concept of regime of truth to highlight the pervasiveness of developmental discourses when conducting research in primary schools. Such a theoretical framing makes explicit how developmental discourses work and are constructed as ‘truth’, which limit the possibilities for alternative perspectives. This article shows how this regime of truth works in practice by reflecting on qualitative research conducted with two age groups in two primary schools in Australia, focusing on the researcher’s navigations of these discourses. In particular, this article examines the impact of developmental discourses on conducting research with multiple age groups, initiating research, choosing methods for data collection, and negotiating power relations and ethical practices. © 2016 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.

Author Keywords
age; data collection process; Developmental discourses; primary school; regime of truth

subjectsFoucault and the Making of Subjects
Edited by Laura Cremonesi; Orazio Irrera; Daniele Lorenzini and Martina Tazzioli, Rowman & Littlefield. Forthcoming October 2016

Michel Foucault’s account of the subject has a double meaning: it relates to both being a “subject of” and being “subject to” political forces. This book interrogates the philosophical and political consequences of such a dual definition of the subject, by exploring the processes of subjectivation and objectivation through which subjects are produced. Drawing together well-known scholars of Foucaultian thought and critical theory, alongside a newly translated interview with Foucault himself, the book will engage in a serious reconsideration of the notion of “autonomy” beyond the liberal tradition, connecting it to processes of subjectivation. In the face of the ongoing proliferation of analyses using the notion of subjectivation, this book will retrace Foucault’s reflections on it and interrogate the current theoretical and political implications of a series of approaches that mobilize the Foucaultian understanding of the subject in relation to truth and power.


This fascinating set of essays brings together some of the best known French and Anglophone commentators on Foucault’s work today. The result is a splendid collection of engagements with Foucault’s late reconceptualization of subjectivity that ranges widely over the late lecture courses at the Collège de France, and beyond. Foucault and the Making of Subjects takes a subject we thought we knew well – Foucault and the subject – and makes it new (and urgent, again) for us. Endlessly interesting and provocative.
— Ben Golder, University of New South Wales

This is an excellent collection including work by established scholars as well as some of the leading members of a new generation of continental Foucault scholarship. The focus on Foucault’s concern with the making of subjects’ sustains its coherence across a diverse range of contributions. Critically probing and extending Foucault’s work across topics of autonomy, truthfulness, sexual avowal, ideology, desire, and collective subjectivities, it demonstrates the salience of, and resources offered by, Foucault’s work for social and political theory.
— David Owen, Professor of Social and Political Philosophy, University of Southampton

In this inspiring collection, which features a very significant and newly available interview with Foucault, the authors mount an engaging and detailed case for Foucault’s practical utility in conceptualising ethical and political action at both the individual and social levels. Carefully refuting a number of commonly held misconceptions about Foucault’s work on this score, this book is essential reading.
— Clare O’Farrell, Senior Lecturer, Queensland University of Technology

In the fast growing field of research on Foucault, this volume stands out. It provides careful and expert appraisals of recently published textual sources, as well as offering strikingly novel insights on the important issue of collective political resistance.
— Johanna Oksala, Academy of Finland Research Fellow at the University of Helsinki, Visiting Professor at the New School for Social Research, USA

Lobo-Guerrero, L., Stobbe, A.
Knots, Port authorities and governance: Knotting together the port of Hamburg
(2016) Global Society, 30 (3), pp. 430-444.

DOI: 10.1080/13600826.2016.1173017

Ports and port systems have historically been pre-eminent global sites. Their role, which transcends that of connecting landed with maritime domains, is one without which the historically specific global connectedness and disconnectedness of cultures and regions such as Europe could not be understood. They are, however, largely forgotten as sites for the scholarly study of power and International Relations. Inspired by Foucault’s work, connectivity is here understood as an outcome of governance, the result of the strategic combination of practices of power that presupposes agency. The connectivity that ports afford constitutes a rich empirical space from which to interrogate how global and regional spaces such as Europe are actively constituted. The analytical challenge, however, is how to render port connectivity as an empirical site. The metaphor of knots is explored in this article as a way to explore how port governance as the result of actively combining disparate interests into a coherent whole provides such a site. To do so the figure of the port authority as a governing structure in the context of the European Union is explored. The case in point is that of the Hamburg Port Authority whose role is analysed as that of a “smart knot”. © 2016 University of Kent.

Editor of Foucault News: I have just set up an email list for people located in Brisbane and South East Queensland (Australia) with an interest in Foucault’s work.

People applying Foucault’s work span a broad range of disciplinary areas and are often working in relative isolation from others with similar interests. The aim of this email list is to facilitate local contact amongst those with an interest in Foucault’s work.

If you located in Brisbane and South East Queensland and are interested in being a member of the list, please email me (Clare O’Farrell) with your details: your institutional affiliation (if you have one) and location.

Material posted to the list by anyone who is a member of the list might include:

• notices of local seminars, reading groups and other Foucault related events
• notices about visitors to Brisbane with an interest in Foucault’s work
• notices about the availability of, or requests for, casual academic work (eg marking assignments with Foucault content)
• discussion or questions about aspects of Foucault’s work
• invitations and requests to collaborate on projects
• anything related to Foucault’s work in some way

Johnston, J.
Issues of professionalism and teachers: critical observations from research and the literature

(2015) Australian Educational Researcher, 42 (3), art. no. 159, pp. 299-317.

DOI: 10.1007/s13384-014-0159-7

The concept of ‘professionalism’ has become more evident in discourse about teacher quality in recent years. In fact, in some contexts ‘professionalism’ is used as a euphemism for quality and reform. This critical essay applies a critical theory perspective and discusses notions of educational professionalism from the academic literature. It draws on research findings about teachers’ understandings of the diverse ways the term ‘professionalism’ is used in discussions of teacher quality, and highlights three key assumptions that appear to underpin contemporary ‘professionalism’ discourses. It suggests that the reification of ‘professionalism’ may have had a number of regrettable consequences for teachers, and challenges the apparent lack of evidence that links ‘professionalism’, however it might be defined, with quality educational outcomes. The essay concludes by arguing that the emergence of ‘professionalism’ as a signifier of quality has served to obscure and confuse many other important issues concerning the quality of teaching. © 2014, The Australian Association for Research in Education, Inc.

Author Keywords
Professional development; Professional learning; Professionalisation; Professionalism; Standards; Teachers

Johansen, K.B.H., Tjørnhøj-Thomsen, T.
The consequences of coping with stalking—results from the first qualitative study on stalking in Denmark
(2016) International Journal of Public Health, pp. 1-7. Article in Press.

DOI: 10.1007/s00038-016-0851-7

Objectives: The purpose of this article is to explore: (1) how victims of stalking experience the phenomenon in their daily life, (2) how the nature of stalking informs the victim’s internal coping strategies, and (3) how the victims’ internal coping strategies negatively affect their daily life and well-being. Methods: Qualitative semi-structured interviews were conducted with 25 victims of stalking. Thematic content analysis was employed, and themes were primarily identified inductively and broad into dialogue with concepts, such as Foucault’s panopticism. Results: The results of the study indicate that rather than the stalkers’ harassment itself; it is the unpredictability of the stalkers’ potential actions that inform the victims’ primary coping strategy—self-regulation. Self-regulation consists of various strategies victims employ to avoid the stalker. Our analysis shows that self-regulation as a coping strategy has social and psychological consequences for the victims, leading to various degrees of social isolation and apprehension. Conclusions: We conclude that it is necessary to consider how professionals advise victims to cope with their situation as how legal measures should focus on the security of victims. © 2016 Swiss School of Public Health (SSPH+)

Author Keywords
Consequences; Coping; Latent violence; Self-regulation; Stalking

Jappah JV, Smith DT. Global governmentality: Biosecurity in the era of infectious diseases, Global Public Health. 2015;10(10):1139-56. Epub 2015 May 18.

doi: 10.1080/17441692.2015.1038843

This paper uses Foucault’s concept of governmentality to examine relationships between globalisation, the threat of infectious diseases and biosecurity. It draws attention to forms of calculated practices which Foucault notes as technologies of power that aim to foster positive demographic and economic trends in societies through the apparatus of security. These practices are employed at the global level with similar ambitions; hence, we adopt the term global governmentality. We discuss the applications of global governmentality by actors in the global core through the apparatus of security and (neo)liberal economic practices. We then provide examples of resistance/contestation from actors mainly in the global periphery through discussions of viral sovereignty; access to essential medicines, including HIV drugs; and health for all as a human right. We conclude that despite the core-periphery power asymmetry and competing paradigms, these developments tend to complement and/or regulate the phenomenon termed global governmentality, which is made evident by the tremendous successes in global health.

Keywords: globalisation, infectious disease, biosecurity, governmentality, global health,


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