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Publication . Article . 2018

Fabricating and Governing the Swedish School Pupil: The Swedish Post-War School Reform and Changing Discourses of Discipline and Behaviour

Jonas Qvarsebo;
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Published: 01 Dec 2018 Journal: Nordic Journal of Educational History, volume 5, issue 2 (issn: 2001-7766, eissn: 2001-9076, Copyright policy )
Publisher: Umeå University

This article examines the dominant discourses of behaviour and discipline in the debate on schooling and the conduct of school pupils in Swedish professional teacher journals between 1946 and 1962, the formative years of the Swedish comprehensive school. Drawing from the theoretical framework of discourse, governmentality and the fabrication of the subject developed by Michel Foucault, the fabrication and governing of the school pupil is highlighted and analysed. The findings of the study are related to historical research of the period as well as Foucauldian studies where a historical shift of perspectives on discipline and behaviour in the school have been proposed. The result is a detailed analysis of the fabrication and governing of the subject within the dominant discourses of behaviour and discipline during the period, as well as a critical nuancing of the idea of this historical shift.

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Library of Congress Subject Headings: lcsh:History of education lcsh:LA5-2396

Microsoft Academic Graph classification: Comprehensive school Comparative historical research Gender studies Subject (philosophy) Governmentality Sociology Pupil Formative assessment Post war Period (music)


educational history, governmentality, discourse, subject, childhood and youth, Educational History, Governmentality, Discourse, Subject, Childhood, Youth, Humanities and the Arts, Humaniora och konst, History, Education

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