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ERIC Number: EJ942030
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Aug
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 48
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ISSN: ISSN-0013-1857
Learning as Investment: Notes on Governmentality and Biopolitics
Simons, Maarten
Educational Philosophy and Theory, v38 n4 p523-540 Aug 2006
The "European Space of Higher Education" could be mapped as an infrastructure for entrepreneurship and a place where the distinction between the social and the economic becomes obsolete. Using Foucault's understanding of biopolitics and discussing the analyses of Agamben and Negri/Hardt it is argued that the actual governmental configuration, i.e. the economisation of the social, also has a biopolitical dimension. Focusing on the intersection between a politicisation and economisation of human life allows us to discuss a kind of "bio-economisation" (cf. Brockling), a regime of economic terror and learning as investment. Finally it is argued how fostering learning, i.e. fostering life (as a learning process) could turn into "let die" and even into "make die".
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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