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Barker, D.
Ninjas, zombies and nervous wrecks? Academics in the neoliberal world of physical education and sport pedagogy
(2017) Sport, Education and Society, 22 (1), pp. 87-104.

DOI: 10.1080/13573322.2016.1195360

Scholars have drawn some damning conclusions on the current state of the academy. They argue that neoliberal developments such as corporatization and privatization are undermining research and teaching quality, disrupting social relations and impacting negatively on the health and well-being of academic staff. Academia is, according to these scholars, coming to be peopled by hypercompetitive and combative ‘ninjas’, cynical and unmotivated ‘zombies’ and jaded and anxious ‘nervous wrecks’. Against this negative depiction of academics, the aim of this paper is to provide an illustration of an alternative identity that is formed and performed within the field of physical education and sport pedagogy (PESP). This illustration is achieved through the presentation and analysis of an account that shows some of the individuals inhabiting the world of PESP. The account is based on autoethnographic research and relies largely on reported speech and reflective notes to build a description of the author, in the early stages of mid-career, working with his colleagues to write a section of this paper. A Foucauldian framework that includes the concepts of governmentality and care of the self is employed to consider how the author becomes a neoliberal subject with some possibilities for resisting technologies of power. The paper is concluded with reflections on the process of resisting and the significance of local socio-political contexts as issues for further discussion. © 2016 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.

Author Keywords
Academia; Autoethnography; Foucault; Neoliberal; Physical education; Sport pedagogy

Index Keywords
career, human, human experiment, identity, male, pedagogics, speech, sport


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Foucault and Animals (2016)

foucault-animalsFoucault and Animals
Edited by Matthew Chrulew and Dinesh Joseph Wadiwel, Brill, 2016

Foucault and Animals is the first collection of its kind to explore the relevance of Michel Foucault’s thought for the question of the animal. Chrulew and Wadiwel bring together essays from emerging and established scholars that illuminate the place of animals and animality within Foucault’s texts, and open up his highly influential range of concepts and methods to different domains of human-animal relations including experimentation, training, zoological gardens, pet-keeping, agriculture, and consumption. Touching on themes such as madness and discourse, power and biopolitics, government and ethics, and sexuality and friendship, the volume takes the fields of Foucault studies and human-animal studies into promising new directions.

Biographical note
Matthew Chrulew, Ph.D. (2011) is a research fellow in the School of Media, Culture and Creative Arts and the Centre for Culture and Technology at Curtin University. His essays have appeared in Angelaki, SubStance, New Formations, Foucault Studies and elsewhere.

Dinesh Joseph Wadiwel, Ph.D. (2006) is a Lecturer in Human rights and Socio-Legal Studies at The University of Sydney. He is author of the monograph The War against Animals (Brill, 2015).

Table of contents
List of Contributors
Editor’s Introduction: Foucault and Animals, Matthew Chrulew and Dinesh Joseph Wadiwel

Part One: Discourse and Madness
1. Terminal Truths: Foucault’s Animals and the Mask of the Beast, Joseph Pugliese
2. Chinese Dogs and French Scapegoats: An Essay in Zoonomastics, Claire Huot
3. Violence and Animality: An Investigation of Absolute Freedom in Foucault’s History of Madness, Leonard Lawlor
4. The Order of Things: The Human Sciences are the Event of Animality, Saïd Chebili.
(Translated by Matthew Chrulew and Jeffrey Bussolini)

Part Two: Power and Discipline
5. “Taming the wild profusion of existing things”: A Study of Foucault, Power, and Human/Animal Relationships, Clare Palmer
6. Dressage: Training the Equine Body , Natalie Corinne Hansen
7. Foucault’s Menagerie: Cock Fighting, Bear Baiting, and the Genealogy of Human-Animal Power, Alex Mackintosh

Part Three: Science and Biopolitics
8. The Birth of the Laboratory Animal: Biopolitics, Animal Experimentation, and Animal Wellbeing, Robert G. W. Kirk
9. Animals as Biopolitical Subjects, Matthew Chrulew
10. Biopower, Heterogeneous Biosocial Collectivities and Domestic Livestock Breeding, Lewis Holloway and Carol Morris

Part Four: Government and Ethics
11. Apum Ordines: Of Bees and Government, Craig McFarlane
12. Animal Friendship as a Way of Life: Sexuality, Petting and Interspecies Companionship, Dinesh Joseph Wadiwel
13. Foucault and the Ethics of Eating, Chloë Taylor
Afterword, Paul Patton

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