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Constructing a healthy, knowledgeable and well-educated citizen: Motivational interviews and physical activity on prescription
Högskolan i Gävle, Sweden.
Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning, Education and Adult Learning. Linköping University, Faculty of Educational Sciences. (Vuxenpedagogik och Folkbildning)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9916-8705
2017 (English)In: Studies in Continuing Education, ISSN 0158-037X, E-ISSN 1470-126X, Vol. 39, no 3, p. 320-332Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In recent decades education has been suggested as an importantvsolution to current problems of the population’s health. A high level of education in general is construed as essential for the nation’s well-being and competitiveness. In this article we problematise the ways in which discourses on education, learning and health have become interlinked. Drawing on a post-structural theorisation inspired by Michel Foucault, we analyse Swedish policy documents on education and public health and direct our attention to how the healthy citizen is shaped and fostered. We illustrate how the healthy citizen emerges in opposition to the non-healthy, non-desirable and abnormal citizen. Citizens are made responsible for identifying their deficits and suggesting solutions. Governing techniques, such as motivational interviews and physical activity on prescription, operates in order to shape such citizens. Through these techniques, a confessional relation emerges, where citizens are invited to disclose their deficits and problems and in so doing shape themselves in a desired way.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2017. Vol. 39, no 3, p. 320-332
Keywords [en]
Education, Health, motivational interviews, physical activity on prescription, Foucault, Confession
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Pedagogy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-138394DOI: 10.1080/0158037X.2017.1334641ISI: 000410888200006OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-138394DiVA, id: diva2:1109792
Available from: 2017-06-14 Created: 2017-06-14 Last updated: 2019-09-16
In thesis
1. Utbildning och hälsa i nationens intresse: Styrningsteknologier och formering av en förädlad befolkning
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Utbildning och hälsa i nationens intresse: Styrningsteknologier och formering av en förädlad befolkning
2019 (Swedish)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Alternative title[en]
Education and health in the Nation’s interest : Governing technologies and formation of a refined population
Abstract [sv]

Avhandlingen består av fyra artiklar vilka handlar om medborgarfostran för att skapa en välfungerande nation. Syftet med avhandlingen är att problematisera hur utbildning och hälsa opererar som styrningsteknologier riktade mot befolkningen inom dagens förädlingsdiskurs. Det teoretiska och analytiska ramverket utgår från delar ur Foucaults begreppsapparat, nämligen styrningsmentalitet, biopolitik, diskursanalys och genealogi. Empirin består bland annat av offentliga dokument så som SOU, projektrapporter samt websidor. Analysen visar att även om befolkningen och dess problem beskrivs som olika, så antas det vara grundat i, och härröra från, okunnighet. För att åtgärda detta opererar utbildning och utbildningsinsatser för att skapa en välfungerande befolkning. Medborgarna styrs och regleras genom neoliberal styrning där tekniker som kontroll och disciplin möjliggör kartläggning, undervisningsinsatser, kategorisering och reglering. Den hälsosamma medborgaren förväntas vara autonom, ha viljan att ständigt lära och vara hälsosam i enlighet med normen. 

Abstract [en]

This thesis consists of four articles about civic education in order to create a well-functioning nation. The purpose of the thesis is to problematise how education and health operate as governing technologies aimed at the population within today's refinement discourse. The theoretical and analytical framework is based on Foucault's concepts of governmentality, biopolitics, discourse analyse and genealogy. The empirical material consists, among other things, of official documents such as SOUs, project reports and web pages. The results show that even if the population and its problems are described as different, it is assumed to be based on, and originate from, ignorance. To address this, education and educative measures operates to create a well-functioning population. The citizens are governed and regulated by neoliberal governance, where techniques such as control and discipline enable mapping, educational efforts, categorisation and regulation. The healthy citizen is expected to be autonomous, to have the will to constantly learn and be healthy in accordance with the norm. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Linköping: Linköping University Electronic Press, 2019. p. 69
Series
Linköping Studies in Behavioural Science, ISSN 1654-2029 ; 219
Keywords
Civic Education, education, health, nation, governmentality, biopolitics, Medborgarfostran, utbildning, hälsa, nation, styrningsmentalitet, biopolitik
National Category
Learning
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-156982 (URN)10.3384/diss.diva-156982 (DOI)9789176850534 (ISBN)
Public defence
2019-06-14, I:101, I-huset, Campus Valla, Linköping, 10:00 (Swedish)
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