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Appears in Collections:Faculty of Social Sciences Conference Papers and Proceedings
Peer Review Status: Refereed
Author(s): Edwards, Richard
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Title: Ordering Subjects: Governmentality and Lifelong Learning
Citation: Edwards R (2008) Ordering Subjects: Governmentality and Lifelong Learning. American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting 2008, 24.3.2008 - 28.3.2008, New York. Available from:
Issue Date: 2008
Conference Name: American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting 2008
Conference Dates: 2008-03-24T00:00:00Z
Conference Location: New York
Abstract: This paper explores the relationship between changes in governing in contemporary social orders and the significance of lifelong learning for this. Drawing on Foucault’s notions of governmentality and technologies of the self, and concepts derived from actor-network theory, it argues that discourses of lifelong learning act as intellectual technologies through which there is the attempt to fashion certain networks and order certain form of sociality. In the process of representing and mobilising lifelong learning, new orderings for the conduct of conduct are produced, which provide possibilities for subjectivity in alignment with a moral economy of enterprise, in which the self becomes something to work and capitalise upon. The paper also points to the fragility of such actor-networks, as the processes of representation become more diffuse and subject to (dis)orders.
Status: Author Version
Rights: AERA does not yet maintain a repository of papers presented at the Annual Meeting, and authors retain rights to their presentations.

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