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Governing Through Pedagogy

Re-educating Citizens, 1st Edition

Edited by Jessica Pykett


174 pages

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This edited collection brings together researchers from education, human geography, sociology, social policy and political theory in order to consider the idea of the ‘pedagogical state’ as a means of understanding the strategies employed to re-educate citizens. The book aims to critically interrogate the cultural practices of governing citizens in contemporary liberal societies. Governing through pedagogy can be identified as an emerging tactic by which both state agencies and other non-state actors manage, administer, discipline, shape, care for and enable liberal citizens. Hence, discourses of ‘active citizenship’, ‘participatory democracy’, ‘community empowerment’, ‘personalised responsibility’, ‘behaviour change’ and ‘community cohesion’ are productively viewed through the conceptual lens of the pedagogical state. Chapters consider the spaces of schools, universities, the voluntary sector, civil society organisations, parenting initiatives, the media, government departments and state agencies as fruitful empirical sites through which pedagogy is worked and re-worked.

This book was originally published as a special issue of Citizenship Studies.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: the pedagogical state: education, citizenship, governing Jessica Pykett 2. Citizenship Education and narratives of pedagogy Jessica Pykett 3. Enrolling ordinary people: governmental strategies and the avoidance of politics? John Clarke 4. Bad stories: narrative, identity, and the state’s materialist pedagogy Clarissa Rile Hayward 5. Educating the new national citizen: education, political subjectivity and divided societies Lynn A. Staeheli and Daniel Hammett 6. ‘A broadcasting university’: educated citizenship and civil prudence Michael Bailey 7. Supernanny, parenting and a pedagogical state Richenda Gambles 8. Towards a pedagogical state? Summoning the ‘empowered’ citizen Janet Newman 9. Learning beyond the state: the pedagogical spaces of the CAB service Rhys Jones 10. The third level of US welfare reform: governmentality under neoliberal paternalism Sanford F. Schram, Joe Soss, Linda Houser and Richard C. Fording 11. University and Citizenship: University as a Space for Enacting Citizenships * NEW CHAPTER* Maki Kimura 12. Youth Media Enterprise: Ethos, Administration and Pastoral Care. * NEW CHAPTER* Denise Meredyth

About the Editor

Jessica Pykett is a lecturer in Human Geography at the Institute of Geography and Earth Sciences, Aberystwyth University where she is researching the politics of governing through behaviour change, and the ascendance of libertarian paternalism in UK public policies.

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