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To be one’s own confessor - Educational guidance and governmentality
Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning, Studies in Adult, Popular and Higher Education. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
2008 (English)In: British Journal of Sociology of Education, ISSN 0142-5692, Vol. 29, no 6, 653-664 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Educational guidance is often seen as something good and empowering for the individual. In this article, such taken-for-granted ideas will be destabilised by analysing educational guidance as a practice in which confession operates as a technology which fosters and governs specific subjectivities. White papers produced by the Swedish Ministry of Education will be analysed drawing on Foucault’s concepts of technologies of the self and governmentality. I will argue that the practice of educational guidance fosters our will to learn through the technology of confession. We are not only confessing ourselves to, and are the confessors of others, we are also our own confessors, i.e. we confess our inner desires to ourselves, thus participating in shaping desirable subjectivities. Our desires in life coincide with the political ambition to govern, thus we govern ourselves.

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2008. Vol. 29, no 6, 653-664 p.
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educational guidance, confession, governmentality, technologies of the self
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-15490DOI: 10.1080/01425690802423320OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-15490DiVA: diva2:117351
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Original publication: Andreas Fejes, To be one’s own confessor - Educational guidance and governmentality, 2008, British Journal of Sociology of Education, (29), 6, 653-664.http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01425690802423320. Copyright © Taylor & Francis Group, an informa businessAvailable from: 2008-11-12 Created: 2008-11-12 Last updated: 2009-04-27Bibliographically approved

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