ERIC Number: EJ1100875
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
Post-Panopticism and School Inspection in England
Courtney, Steven J.
British Journal of Sociology of Education, v37 n4 p623-642 2016
In this paper, I draw on a study of school leaders' experiences of inspection to argue that repeated changes to school inspection policy in England constitute a post-panoptic regime. Thinking with and against Foucault, I elaborate post-panopticism, here characterised by: subjects' visibility; "fuzzy" norms; the exposure of subjects' failure to comply; the disruption of identity-constituting fabrications; its dependence on external "experts"; and its neo-conservative devalorisation of the interests of the socio-economically disadvantaged. The paper argues that post-panopticism depends on subjects having become disciplined through panopticism, whose apparatus it employs, and reveals the state's explicit exercise of power.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Inspection, Accountability, Educational Change, Educational Policy, Social Theories, Norms, Compliance (Psychology), Leadership, Expertise, Neoliberalism, Economically Disadvantaged, Power Structure, Government Role, Online Surveys, Likert Scales, Secondary Schools, Semi Structured Interviews, Principals, Administrator Attitudes
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)
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