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ERIC Number: EJ929663
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1468-1366
Fostering Regimes of Truth: Understanding and Reflecting on the Freedom School Way
Smith, Kersha
Pedagogy, Culture and Society, v18 n2 p191-209 2010
The aim of the present paper is to investigate the inner workings of a North American summer enrichment programme named Freedom School. More specifically this research explores how participants of the Children's Defense Fund (CDF) Freedom School programme experience "the Freedom School way", an amalgam of ideologies, discourses, and behaviours endorsed by the CDF. First, observations are analysed which forward a picture of the research context. In addition, survey data are gathered from 36 youth participants of the programme. Data also are generated from interviews with Freedom School interns. Using Michel Foucault's regimes of truth as a unit of analysis, results from this research highlight: (1) the process by which various Freedom School activities bolster CDF ideology; (2) the ways in which CDF ideologies are part of Freedom School discourse; and (3) how CDF ideology and Freedom School discourse perpetuate a regime of truth. (Contains 4 tables and 4 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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