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ERIC Number: EJ812776
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Dec
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 43
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1857
Biopolitical Utopianism in Educational Theory
Lewis, Tyson
Educational Philosophy and Theory, v39 n7 p683-702 Dec 2007
In this paper I shift the center of utopian debates away from questions of ideology towards the question of power. As a new point of departure, I analyze Foucault's notion of biopower as well as Hardt and Negri's theory of biopolitics. Arguing for a new hermeneutic of biopolitics in education, I then apply this lens to evaluate the educational philosophy of John Dewey. In conclusion, the paper suggests that while Hardt and Negri are missing an educational theory, John Dewey is missing a concept of democracy adequate to the biopolitical struggles of the multitude. Thus, I call for a synthesis of Dewey and Hardt and Negri in order to generate a biopedagogical practice beyond both traditional models of education as well as current standardization.
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Language: English
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