Subjectivity & Truth: Foucault, Education, and the Culture of Self

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Tina Besley, Michael A. Peters
Peter Lang, 2007 - Education - 213 pages
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This book focuses on Foucault's later work and his (re)turn to 'the hermeneutics of the subject', exploring the implications of his thinking for education, pedagogy, and related disciplines. What and who is the subject of education and what are the forms of self-constitution? Chapters investigate Foucault's notion of 'the culture of self' in relation to questions concerning truth (parrhesia or free speech) and subjectivity, especially with reference to the literary genres of confession and biography, and the contemporary political forms of individualization (governmentality).
  

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Contents

SelfDenial or SerfMastery?
19
PART TWO SPACE BODY AND THE AESTHETICS OF EXISTENCE
43
Space and the Body Politic
71
PART THREE TRUTHTELLING RISK AND SUBJECTIVITY
85
Parrhesia in Action
105
PART FOUR GOVERNMENTALITYGOVERNING THE SELF
129
Enterprise Culture and the Rise of the Entrepreneurial Self
155
Postscript on Subjectivity Eros and Pedagogy
175
Bibliography
189
Index
201
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The Authors: Tina (A.C.) Besley is Professor of Counseling in the Department of Educational Psychology and Counseling at California State University, San Bernardino. She has degrees in geography, education, and counseling, and research interests in related areas. She is the author of numerous papers and books, including Counseling Youth: Foucault, Power, and the Ethics of Subjectivity (2006). Michael A. Peters is Professor of Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Adjunct Professor of Education at the University of Glasgow. With degrees in English literature, geography, philosophy, and education, his research interests focus on educational philosophy and policy studies. He is the author or editor of some thirty books, including most recently Deconstructing Derrida: Tasks for the New Humanities (with Peter Trifonas, 2005); Edutopias: New Utopian Thinking in Education (with John Freeman-Moir, 2006); and Building Knowledge Cultures: Education and Development in an Age of Knowledge Capitalism (with Tina (A.C.) Besley, 2006).