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The confessing academic and living the present otherwise: Appraisal interviews and logbooks in academia
Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning, Education and Adult Learning. Linköping University, Faculty of Educational Sciences. (Vuxenpedagogik och Folkbildning)
2016 (English)In: European Educational Research Journal (online), ISSN 1474-9041, E-ISSN 1474-9041, Vol. 15, no 4, 395-409 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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In this paper, drawing on the work of Michel Foucault, I argue that academics are enmeshed in power relations in which confession operates, both on and through academics. Drawing on Foucault’s genealogy of confession, I illustrate how academics are not only invited to reflect on performance, faults, temptations and desires in their work and private life, but as teachers they mobilise the same kind of technology in relation to students. These power relations are connected to wider changes in society, where discourses on New Public Management have become all pervasive in organising and governing public institutions. The examples of the use of appraisal interviews and logbooks as governing techniques illustrate how government currently operates through the freedom of the individual. The paper ends with a discussion on how books of life could introduce a different relation of the self to the self in academia, and thus provide opportunities to live the present otherwise. 

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Sage Publications, 2016. Vol. 15, no 4, 395-409 p.
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Foucault, confession, appraisal interviews, logbooks, higher education
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-125363DOI: 10.1177/1474904116636637OAI: diva2:905022
Available from: 2016-02-21 Created: 2016-02-21 Last updated: 2016-07-05Bibliographically approved

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