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petersenBendix Petersen, Eva, Millei, Zsuzsa (Eds.), Interrupting the Psy-Disciplines in Education, Palgrave Macmillan, 2016

This book offers critical explorations of how the psy-disciplines, Michel Foucault’s collective term for psychiatry, psychology and psycho-analysis, play out in contemporary educational spaces. With a strong focus on Foucault’s theories, it critically investigates how the psy-disciplines continue to influence education, both regulating and shaping behaviour and morality. The book provides insight into different educational contexts and concerns across a child’s educational lifespan; early childhood education, inclusive education, special education, educational leadership, social media, university, and beyond to enable reflection and critique of the implications of psy-based knowledge and practice.

With chapters by a mixture of established and emerging international scholars in the field this is an interdisciplinary and authoritative study into the role of the psy-disciplines in the education system. Providing vivid illustrations from throughout the educational lifespan the book serves as an invaluable tool for reflection and critique of the implications of psy-based practice, and will be of particular interest to academics and scholars in the field of education policy and psychology.


‘Silences’ in the ‘Inclusive’ Early Childhood Classroom: Sustaining a ‘Taboo’
Watson, Karen
Pages 13-31

Binds of Professionalism: Attachment in Australian and Finnish Early Years Policy
Millei, Zsuzsa (et al.)
Pages 33-57

Becoming a ‘Learner’ in the Australian Primary School: An (Auto)ethnographic Exploration
Petersen, Eva Bendix
Pages 59-74

The Principal Is Present: Producing Psy-ontologies Through Post/Psychology-Informed Leadership Practices II
Staunæs, Dorthe (et al.)
Pages 75-92

Positive Education as Translation and Conquest of Schooling
Saari, Antti (et al.)
Pages 93-110

Labouring Over the Truth: Learning to Be/Come Queer
Bansel, Peter (et al.)
Pages 111-127

Re-thinking ‘Pointiness’: Special Education Interrupted
Laws, Cath
Pages 129-144

Confusions and Conundrums During Final Practicum: A Study of Preservice Teachers’ Knowledge of Challenging Behaviour
McMahon, Samantha (et al.)
Pages 145-166

‘No, I’m Not OK’: Disrupting ‘Psy’ Discourses of University Mental Health Awareness Campaigns
Saltmarsh, Sue
Pages 167-183

The Risk Factors For Psy-Diagnosis? Gender, Racialization and Social Class
Allan, Julie (et al.)
Pages 185-202

‘How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?’ Troubling the Psy-gaze in the Qualitative Analysis and Representation of Educational Subjects’
Wilson-Wheeler, Matthew
pages 203-220

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sokhi-bulleyBal Sokhi-Bulley, Governing (Through) Rights, Hart Publishing, 2016

About Governing (Through) Rights
Taking a critical attitude of dissatisfaction towards rights, the central premise of this book is that rights are technologies of governmentality. They are a regulating discourse that is itself managed through governing tactics and techniques – hence governing (through) rights. Part I examines the ‘problem of government’ (through) rights. The opening chapter describes governmentality as a methodology that is then used to interrogate the relationship between rights and governance in three contexts: the international, regional and local. How rights regulate certain identities and conceptions of what is good governance is examined through the case study of non-state actors, specifically the NGO, in the international setting; through a case study of rights agencies, and the role of experts, indicators and the rights-based approach in the European Union or regional setting; and, in terms of the local, the challenge that the blossoming language of responsibility and community poses to rights in the name of less government (Big Society) is problematised. In Part II, on resisting government (through) rights, the book also asks what counter-conducts are possible using rights language (questioning rioting as resistance), and whether counter-conduct can be read as an ethos of the political, rights-bearing subject and as a new ethical right. Thus, the book bridges a divide between critical theory (ie Foucauldian understandings of power as governmentality) and human rights law.

Table of contents
Part I: Government (Through) Rights
1. Introduction
2. Governing (Through) Agencies: The EU and Rights in EUrope
3. Governing (Through) Non-Governmental Actors: The Global Human Rights Architecture and the International NGO
Part II: Resisting Government (Through) Rights
4. Resisting Rights with Responsibility
5. Counter-Conduct as Right and as Ethics
6. Conclusion: A Permanent State of Dissatisfaction

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Interview with Stuart Elden by Dave O’Brien (podcast) on the New Books Network

In relation to Foucault’s Last Decade Polity Press 2016

Why did Michel Foucault radically recast the project of The History of Sexuality? How did he work collaboratively? What was the influence of Antiquity on his thought? In Foucault’s Last Decade (Polity Press, 2016) Stuart Elden, Professor of Political Theory and Geography at the University of Warwick explores these, and many more, questions about the final years in a rich intellectual life. The book combines detailed studies of Foucault’s recently collected lecture series with archival material and his publications, to give an in depth engagement with the changes and continuities in his thought during the last decade. Addressing questions associated with key terms, such as governmentality, as well as confession, the self, power, truth telling, and many other core ideas and themes, the book will be essential reading for anyone interested in this most important of Western thinkers.

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Jason Read, Cutting Off Heads. A review of Foucault with Marx by Jacques Bidet (Zed Books: London, 2016)

Jacques Bidet’s Foucault with Marx represents yet another contribution to the eventual overcoming of an academic skirmish between advocates of Foucault and Marx, itself a smaller conflict in the larger battle of postmodernism versus Marxism. The perspective which saw Marx and Foucault as mutually opposed theoretical camps has begun to fade thanks to both the publication of Foucault’s courses and lectures, most importantly the short essay on “The Mesh of Power,” and the publication of several texts, such as the monumental collection Marx & Foucault: Lectures, usages, confrontations in France. However, the dissipation of Team Foucault and Team Marx is only a first step; it remains to be seen how Foucault and Marx are related and how their different examinations into history, modernity, and society can be brought together through their points of connection and differences.

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Foucault with Marx (2016)

bidetJacques Bidet, Foucault with Marx
Translated by Steven Corcoran, Zed Books, 2016

The first synthesis of Foucauldian and Marxist theory, constituting a twenty-first century paradigm shift in political and philosophical thinking.

With this timely commitment, Jacques Bidet unites the theories of arguably the world’s two greatest emancipatory political thinkers. In this far-reaching and decisive text, Bidet examines Marxian and Foucauldian criticisms of capitalist modernity.

For Marx, the intersection between capital and the market is crucial, while for Foucault, the organizational aspects of capital are what really matter. According to Marx, the ruling class is identified with property; with Foucault, it is the managers who hold power and knowledge that rule. Bidet identifies these two sides of capitalist modernity as ‘market’ and ‘organization’, showing that each leads to specific forms of social conflict; against exploitation and austerity, over wages and pensions on the one hand, and against forms of ‘medical’ and work-based discipline, control of bodies and prisons on the other.

Bidet’s impetus and clarity however serve a greater purpose: uniting two souls of critical social theory, in order to overcome what has become an age-long separation between the ‘old left’ and the ‘new social movements’.

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Foucault lesen (2017)

vogelmannFrieder Vogelmann, Foucault lesen, Springer, 2017

Dieses Springer essential stellt einen systematischen und philosophischen Lektürevorschlag zur Diskussion: Systematisch werden Foucaults Schriften von seiner methodologischen Perspektive her als nihilistische, nominalistische und historizistische Analyse von Praktiken und den in ihnen produzierten Wirklichkeiten entlang der drei Achsen des Wissens, der Macht und der Selbstverhältnisse gedeutet. Die Konsequenzen dieser Interpretation werden anhand der Positionen umrissen, die sich in Bezug auf Foucaults Kritikbegriff, seine Attacke auf die Human- und, als Teil davon, die Sozialwissenschaften und sein Verhältnis zum Neoliberalismus ergeben. Philosophisch ist dieser Lektürevorschlag, weil er die Historisierung von Wahrheit als Kern von Foucaults philosophischem Verfahren behauptet.

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Editor: I am delighted to announce that my long out of print 1989 book (originally published with Macmillan) is soon to be republished as an ebook.

Springer is also offering a special offer of 50% off all its Social Sciences, Philosophy, Education & Language ebooks until 17 October 2016,

fhpClare O’Farrell, Foucault: Historian or Philosopher? ebook, Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming

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The controversial French thinker, Michel Foucault, was famous not only for the variety of his interests but also for his frequent changes of position. Clare O’Farrell, in a lively and lucid account argues that for all this diversity his work was held together by a coherent theme, namely the idea that philosophy should be practised as an historical inquiry into the limits of ordered experience. At the same time, Foucault’s work is situated in its intellectual and social context in France and striking differences between its French- and English-language reception are discussed and explained.

Short previews of two chapters are available on the Springer site

1. A New Generation of Thinkers
2. The Same, the Other and the Limit
3. Discontinuity and Order
4. In Search of the Limit
5. The Limits Forgotten
6. The Return of the Limits

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