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An Emergence of Confession in Education
Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning, Education and Adult Learning. Linköping University, Faculty of Educational Sciences. (Vuxenpedagogik och Folkbildning)
University of Stirling, Scotland, UK.
2015 (English)In: Foucault and a politics of confession in education / [ed] Andreas Fejes & Katherine Nicoll, Routledge, 2015, 1, 3-17 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Confession is emerging as a technology that encourages learners to know who they ‘truly’ are. This technology has become common over the last years in education settings, supported in part through discourses of the learner, learner-centeredness, learning to learn and life narrative. In this chapter, we locate this emerging technology in relation to such discourses, but also to wider social change were practices of confession extend a domain of government into everyday life. We introduce the idea of confession as a political technology and exercise of power, for confession is not neutral in its attempts in shaping the learner and people more widely today. Confession is also a theorization emerging through the writing of Michel Foucault. We thus orient the reader to some of Foucault’s conceptual resources, outlining the emergence of confession historically. And we point to our purpose of this collection of chapters, in considering confession in education anew and from a critical angle, in a politics of government that can ask what it may do in shaping our ‘selves’ and our thinking.

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Routledge, 2015, 1. 3-17 p.
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Foucault, Confession, Education
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-109029ISBN: 978-0-415-83381-3ISBN: 978-0-415-83380-6OAI: diva2:735615
Available from: 2014-07-29 Created: 2014-07-29 Last updated: 2014-09-05

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