ERIC Number: EJ942231
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Dec
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 46
"Flexibility", Community and Making Parents Responsible
McGowan, Wayne S.
Educational Philosophy and Theory, v37 n6 p885-906 Dec 2005
This article draws on Foucault's concept of governmentality to explore how recent political moves to legalise "flexibility" mobilises education authorities to make "community" a technical means of achieving the political objective of schooling the child. I argue that "flexibility" in this sense is a neo-liberal strategy that shifts relations between the governed and the State. In this way, it transforms the idea of schooling from a State run institution for the purpose of "community building" to a community run institution for the purpose of making parents governable by both instrumentalising and institutionalising individualism through the force of community membership. Rather than a form of liberation from bureaucratic rule, the paper exposes how "flexibility" acts as a normalising strategy that works with difference to entangle parents as community members in the process of schooling the child through the moral obligation of the contract.
Descriptors: Politics of Education, Parent Responsibility, Government School Relationship, Parent Student Relationship, Role of Education, Individualism
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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