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ERIC Number: EJ1161774
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Dec
Pages: 15
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ISSN: ISSN-1871-1502
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Biopolitics and the "Subject" of Labor in Science Education
Bazzul, Jesse
Cultural Studies of Science Education, v12 n4 p873-887 Dec 2017
Viewing science education as a site of biopolitical engagement--intervention into forces that seek to define, control, and exploit life (biopower)--requires that science educators ask after how individuals and populations are governed by technologies of power. In this paper, I argue that "microanalyses," the analysis of everyday practices and discourses, are integral to biopolitical engagement, are needed to examine practices that constitute subjectivities and maintain oppressive social conditions. As an example of a microanalysis I will discuss how repetitive close-ended lab/assessment tasks, as well as discourses surrounding careers in science, can work to constitute students as depoliticized, self-investing subjects of human capital. I also explore the relationship between science education, (bio)labor and its relation to biopolitics, which remains an underdeveloped area of science education. This paper, part of my doctoral work, began to take shape in 2011, shortly after the 2008 economic crisis achieved a tiny breached in the thick neoliberal stupor of everyday (educational) life.
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Language: English
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