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Routledge
30 June 2020
Concerns with the nature of and relationship between responsibility and responsibilisation pervade contemporary social, political and moral life. This book turns the analytical lens on the ways in which responsibility and responsibilisation operate in diverse educational settings and relationships, and social, policy and geographical contexts in the USA, Europe, the UK, New Zealand and Australia. Scholars have sought to explain the genealogy and the melange of rationalities, technologies, bio-politics and modes of governmentality that bring responsibility and responsibilisation into being, how they act on and are taken up by individuals, groups and organisations, and the risks and possibilities they create and delimit for individuals, social collectives and their freedoms.

Contributors to this collection have diverse views and perspectives on responsibility and responsibilisation. This disagreement is a strength. It underlines the importance of unravelling both the differences and similarities across scholars and contexts. It also issues a salutatory warning about assumptions that reduce the complex concepts of responsibility and responsibilisation to simplistic, fixed categories or to generalising and universalising single cases or experiences to all areas of education.

This volume was originally published as a special issue of Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education.
Edited by:   Christine Halse (The Education University of Hong Kong Hong Kong), Catherine Hartung, Jan Wright
Imprint:   Routledge
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 246mm,  Width: 174mm, 
Weight:   454g
ISBN:   9780367518493
ISBN 10:   036751849X
Pages:   154
Publication Date:   30 June 2020
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Further / Higher Education ,  A / AS level
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Christine Halse is Chair Professor of Intercultural Education in the Department of Education, Policy and Leadership, The Education University of Hong Kong. Her research focuses on the manifestation of sociological themes in bodies and biographies, particularly in interracial and intercultural relations. Catherine Hartung is Lecturer in Education Studies at the University of Otago College of Education, New Zealand. Her research draws on feminist poststructural theory to critically examine how various educational, cultural and political institutions govern children and young people, as well as the ways that children and young people negotiate and resist this institutional governance. Jan Wright is Emeritus Professor in the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Wollongong, Australia. Her most recent research draws on feminist and poststructuralist theory to critically engage issues associated with the relationship between embodiment, culture and health.

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