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Foucault, Power, and Education [Paperback]

Stephen J. Ball

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Dec 10 2012 0415895375 978-0415895378 1

Foucault, Power, and Education invites internationally renowned scholar Stephen J. Ball to reflect on the importance and influence of Foucault on his work in educational policy. By focusing on some of the ways Foucault has been placed in relation to educational questions or questions about education, Ball highlights the relationships between Foucault’s concepts and methods, and educational research and analysis. An introductory chapter offers a brief explanation of some of Foucault’s key concerns, while additional chapters explore ways in which Ball himself has sought to apply Foucault’s ideas in addressing contemporary educational issues. 

In this intensely personal and reflective text, Ball offers an interpretation of his Foucault—That is, his own particular reading of the Foucauldian toolbox. Ideal for courses in education policy and education studies, this valuable teaching resource is essential reading for any education scholar looking for a starting point into the literature and ideas of Foucault.


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"........what Ball has constructed here is valuable, partly because he brings his subject into relief personally, intellectually and methodologically; but also and more importantly because he goes beyond just analysing and applying Foucault and attempts to ‘do’ Foucault.  It is his use of genealogy and the distinct autobiographical slant which appears and reappears throughout that set this book apart, and make it needed." ― Ben Knight, International Journal of Lifelong Education

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Stephen Ball is Karl Mannheim Professor of Sociology of Education, Institute of Education, University of London.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Book on Foucault May 2 2013
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It's not just another book on Foucault. He uses Foucault as a lens to view education policy. I've been reading Ball's work for a while and have always liked his way of viewing educational policy within an educational, political, economical and social context. His work writing about policy in Great Britain has provided a window for me to view educational policy in the US developed very similarly to Great Britain. We look at GB and we know we are just a fe years behind. I also like the thread he pulls on policy regarding the new entrepreneurs who are currently gutting education curriculum, staff development and remedial education. The book is how theory and practice inform each other.

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