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Governing the Soul: The Theoretical Support of Michel Foucault

  • Chris Dolan
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Part of the Educational Leadership Theory book series (ELT)

Abstract

In the schematics of chapter arrangement, the positioning of this chapter is to create useful imagery about an already established relevance of Foucault’s work to the conceptual frame of paradox and to suggest important support for what lies ahead. His work is here treated as exceeding the complementarity of its application in Chap.  2 to be considered epistemologically crucial to arguments made in the chapters which follow. The theoretical resources discussed in this chapter – built around the central concept of governmentality – are predominantly directed to my analysis of policy discourses of neoliberalism in Chap.  4 and the construction and representation of field data using paradox in Chaps.  6,  7 and  8. The deployment of Foucault’s tools of problematisation and critique is held over until Chap.  4, when they are used to both inform and illuminate a struggle for the ‘soul’ of the principal.

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  • Chris Dolan
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  1. 1.University of South AustraliaAdelaideAustralia

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