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ERIC Number: EJ1064474
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Jun
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 31
ISSN: ISSN-1463-9491
Performativity, Propriety and Productivity: The Unintended Consequences of Investing in the Early Years
Macfarlane, Kym; Lakhani, Ali
Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, v16 n2 p179-191 Jun 2015
This paper examines notions of childhood development in a significant Australian policy document. Using Fairclough's approaches to discourse analysis as guides, Foucault's understanding of regimes of truth and discourses as systems of power relations and Nikolas Rose's concept of "responsibilisation," the paper argues that discourses of healthy childhood development as represented in this document produce definitions of "proper" child development and thus, place certain children and families outside this idea. Proper development is understood through Nikolas Rose's concept of "responsibilisation" where the recognition of "at risk" or "improper" groups, and notions of productivity, are addressed through understandings of performativity while highlighting consequences for children and families.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia