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`Education policy is now a global matter and all the more complex for that. Mark Olssen, John Codd and Ann-Marie O'Neill do us an invaluable service in producing a carefully theorised guide to current issues and key concerns - this is an important, erudite and very practical book' - Stephen J Ball, Education Policy Research Unit, University of London `Given the global reach of neoliberal policies, we need cogent books that enable us to better understand the major effects such tendencies have. Education Policy is such a book. It is insightful and well written--and should be read by all of us who care deeply about what is happening in education in international contexts' - Michael W Apple, Author of 'Educating the "Right" Way and John ...

Critical Policy Analysis: A Foucauldian Approach
Critical policy analysis: A foucauldian approach

In this chapter, we consider the possibilities of adopting a Foucauldian approach to the analysis of education policy. We begin with an explication of Foucault's conception of critique as the basis for a deeper understanding of social institutions generally and educational institutions in particular. We then examine the distinguishing features of archaeology and genealogy as the two complementary forms of Foucauldian social analysis before discussing two recent attempts to apply Foucauldian methods to education policy analysis

Foucault's Idea of Critique

Critique, for Foucault, aims at identifying and exposing the unrecognized forms of power in people's lives, to expose and move beyond the forms in which we are entrapped in relation to the diverse ways that we ...

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