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ERIC Number: EJ828185
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Dec
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 64
ISSN: ISSN-0159-6306
Biography as Education Governance
Lindgren, Joakim
Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, v28 n4 p467-483 Dec 2007
This paper examines the increasing interest of Swedish schools to construct, analyze, assess and control the individual progression and social integration of students using biographical registers. I argue that this tendency--involving biography as a form of governance--can be seen as a revision of early 20th-century biographical research by the Chicago School of Sociology. In this paper I consider the theoretical, methodological and political background of the Chicago work in order to compare it to the Swedish use of "student biographies". Their current use involves a twofold subjectification of students--as "objects" of assessment and as "relays" for assessment. Finally, this subjectivity is understood in relation to international initiatives in education restructuring where new ways of governing--often labeled as progressive--impose social control, heighten individual responsibility and, not least, create new forms of social exclusion. (Contains 9 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Sweden