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Fundamental British Values, Michel Foucault, and Religious Education Teacher Subjectivity

A Critical Investigation

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  • Contributes to small but growing critical literature on fundamental British values and the Prevent strategy
  • Presents developments in education policy as a radical discursive shift
  • Foregrounds the views of BAME teachers

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This book contributes to the small but growing critical literature on fundamental British values and the Prevent strategy in the British education system. Focusing specifically on RE, a subject concerned with multiculturalism, difference and pluralism, the book will argue that there is a tension between the aims of RE and the agenda of fundamental British values. The author argues that fundamental British values and the requirements of the Prevent duty (2015) amount to a securitization of education which fundamentally alters the relationship between teachers and learners. The book presents these developments in education policy as a radical discursive shift: drawing from in depth individual and group interviews with 52 secondary teachers of religious education, the book foregrounds the views of BAME teachers and argues for a nuanced and inclusive approach to civic and values education. 


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“Francis Farrell’s book Fundamental British Values, Michel Foucault, and Religious Education Teacher Subjectivity, through his much-needed research with UK school teachers, uses a Foucauldian approach in seeking to critically examine the forced intersections between the teaching and learning of religious education and the policy requirements of fundamental British values (FBVs) and Prevent. Farrell, by representing teacher voice, successfully shows how this call for teachers to uphold FBVs and the Prevent duty has deeply divisive implications long-term for teaching and learning in UK schools, as well as on teacher identities and subjectivities. The book presents a rich and important account of teachers as talking back to the contradictory and insidious nature of enforcing Prevent and FBVs in education, and as problematising power. I am heartened by teachers themselves critically and creatively encouraging inclusive and anti-racist approaches to exploring multiculturalism, identities and belongings to Britain through religious education teaching in the classroom. Farrell’s book is a must-read for all teachers, and especially for trainee teachers who are grappling with the influence of exclusionary and assimilatory discourses around educational policy in schools.”

— Dr Sadia Habib, Lecturer in Education, University of Manchester.

Authors and Affiliations

  • Edge Hill University, Ormskirk, UK

    Francis Farrell

About the author

Francis Farrell is Senior Lecturer in Theology and Religion at Edge Hill University, UK.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Fundamental British Values, Michel Foucault, and Religious Education Teacher Subjectivity

  • Book Subtitle: A Critical Investigation

  • Authors: Francis Farrell

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-031-30687-7

  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Cham

  • eBook Packages: Education, Education (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2023

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-031-30686-0Published: 18 May 2023

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-031-30689-1Published: 18 May 2024

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-031-30687-7Published: 17 May 2023

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XV, 256

  • Number of Illustrations: 1 b/w illustrations

  • Topics: Religion and Education, Education, general, Educational Policy and Politics, Teaching and Teacher Education, Religious Studies, general

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