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Regulatory Discourses in Education

A Lacanian perspective

Tony Brown, Dennis Atkinson and Janice England

This book employs Lacanian psychoanalysis to develop new ways of understanding educational domains. It analyses events, practices and policies that occur in school classrooms, teacher education and higher-degree studies including educational research. It provides an accessible introduction, description and analysis of those aspects of Lacan’s work concerned with language, identity and subjectivity directly relevant to the field of education.
Regulative discourses and practices in education are a central concern and the authors demonstrate how Lacanian theory empowers our understanding of how such discourses are instrumental in forming teacher and researcher identities. The book also shows how regulatory practices and discourses are relevant to research methodologies that arise in the field of action research in education.


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Acknowledgements 7 Part One Introduction 9 Chapter One Psychoanalysis and Education 11 Chapter Two Constructing the Human Subject 27 Chapter Three Understanding the Pedagogical Object 43 Part Two Identity Formation in Initial Teacher Education 59 Chapter Four How Student Teachers Form their Identities in Initial Teacher Education 61 Chapter Five Ideal Identities and Fragile States: Marginalised Discourses in the Preparation of New Teachers 83 Chapter Six The Gaze of the Mirror 105 Chapter Seven How Real is the Imaginary? 121 Chapter Eight The Truth of Initial Training Experience in Mathematics for Primary Teachers 143 Part Three Conceptualising Practitioner Research 157 Chapter Nine African Tales (with Krista Bradford and Sharon Cargill) 165 Chapter Ten Narrative and Researcher Identity in Practitioner Research 193 6 Chapter Eleven The Broken Mirror: Haunting the Delusions of Reflection 203 Chapter Twelve Emancipatory Aggression 213 Chapter Thirteen Inclusion, Exclusion and Marginalisation 229 Part Four Conclusion 241 Chapter Fourteen The Insistence of the Letter: The Portrayal of Self to the Other 243 Bibliography 265 Index 277

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