liu.seSearch for publications in DiVA
Change search
ReferencesLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Nostalgia, the future, and the past as pedagogical technologies
Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, Society, Diversity, Identity .
Stockholm Institute of Education, Stockholm, Sweden, Stockholm Institute of Education, Box 34103, 100 26 Stockholm, Sweden.
University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, United States.
2007 (English)In: Discourse. Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, ISSN 0159-6306, Vol. 28, no 1, 49-67 p.Article, review/survey (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article provides a genealogical perspective on narratives about the past and the future as governmental discourses in teacher education, public health, and criminal justice in Sweden. Contemporary governmental strategies bring nostalgic memories of the past and visions and fears about the future back to life in the present. The past (history) is a technology of the present to re-memorialize who "we" are and have been. The future is a spatial concept, a technology to shape and nurture the "future oriented" subject bent on the pursuit of lifelong learning. The notions of history and future in the construction of the lifelong learner function to link and harmonize the interest of the individual with that of society. As technologies of government these are not new. Similar technologies were operating in the discourses about the future, society, and the citizen in the first part of the 20th century. What is new is the particular capabilities and capacities of the individual as an agent of the future and the collective principles in which life is lived. © 2007 Taylor & Francis.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2007. Vol. 28, no 1, 49-67 p.
National Category
Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-49982DOI: 10.1080/01596300601073598OAI: diva2:270878
Available from: 2009-10-11 Created: 2009-10-11 Last updated: 2011-01-11

Open Access in DiVA

No full text

Other links

Publisher's full text

Search in DiVA

By author/editor
Petersson, Kenneth
By organisation
Faculty of Arts and SciencesSociety, Diversity, Identity
In the same journal
Discourse. Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education
Social Sciences

Search outside of DiVA

GoogleGoogle Scholar
The number of downloads is the sum of all downloads of full texts. It may include eg previous versions that are now no longer available

Altmetric score

Total: 42 hits
ReferencesLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link