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ERIC Number: EJ696939
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Feb
Pages: 22
Abstractor: Author
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ISSN: ISSN-0195-6744
"Governing the Soul" through Remolding the Self: The American Approach
Zhao, Guoping
American Journal of Education, v111 n2 p245 Feb 2005
In this article, I trace historical events and thoughts that have joined forces in creating American cultural ways of "thinking about human beings and acting upon them." I suggest that while Foucault, Rose, and Popkewitz's work has demonstrated crucial parallels between the emergence of a new liberalism and a new way of governance -- governing the soul -- the American solution differs significantly from that of Europe. Rather than monitoring, oppressing, or regulating the inner state of the individual, the American approach is to construct and act upon an idealized self that fits well into the current political and social order.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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