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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About the author (2007)

TINA BESLEY is Research Fellow in the Department of Educational Studies at the University of Glasgow.

Michael A. Peters is Professor of Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and coauthor of "Creativity and the Global Knowledge Economy" (Peter Lang, 2009).