What's the use of Foucault in research on lifelong learning and post-compulsory education?: A review of four academic journals
2008 (English)In: Studies in the Education of Adults, ISSN 0266-0830, Vol. 40, no 1, 7-23 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
This article contributes to a discussion about the potential use of Foucault in relation to the field of lifelong learning and post-compulsory education. It is based on a qualitative analysis focusing on the uses of Foucault in articles published in four academic journals in this field between 1999 and 2006. Four main uses were construed: an interpretative strategy, an eclectic use, a way to pose an argument and decoration. Based on my findings, I argue that the uses of Foucault in this area of research as represented in these journals are, to a large extent, superficial and, to some extent, more in the nature of a revitalised critical discourse. Further, I argue that uses of Foucault, especially as a main interpretative strategy, help us to make visible our taken-for-granted ideas about adult education and lifelong learning; understand how power operates in these practices; and show the effects of such operations.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2008. Vol. 40, no 1, 7-23 p.
Michel Foucault, post-compulsory education, lifelong learning
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-17669OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-17669DiVA: diva2:211119
Andreas Fejes, What's the use of Foucault in research on lifelong learning and post-compulsory education?: A review of four academic journals, 2008, Studies in the Education of Adults, (40), 1, 7-23.
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