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Social work education and carcerality

Simpson, Diane (2014) Social work education and carcerality. In: Society for Research into Higher Education, 10-12-Dec 2014.

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The study applied Foucauldian concepts of disciplinary power (Foucault, 1991). Foucault identified several ways carcerality is enacted within institutions: hierarchical observation, normalising judgements, examination, spatialisation and regimes regulating behaviours and time (Foucault, 1991; O'Farrell, 2005). However, this analysis develops Foucauldian theory in relation to disciplinary power to include technologies of relationships and of the self (agency) (Leask, 2012). Little has been written about carceral and disciplinary influences on higher education but there is evidence about the impact on students (Fox, 1989; Kelly, 2012) and staff (Fox, 1989; Harding and Taylor, 2001; Hendrix, 2010). Foucault (cited in Chambon et al., 1999) argued that social work is a societal regulatory mechanism and evidence of Foucauldian disciplinary power in social work, including the ability to resist, has been discussed (Moffatt, 1999; Gilbert and Powell, 2010).

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Additional Information: Society for Research Into Higher Education Annual Conference 2014 : Inspiring Future Generations; embracing plurality and difference in higher education. ; Conference date: 10-12-2014 Through 12-12-2014
Depositing User: Leah Maughan


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Date Deposited: 23 Sep 2020 12:00
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2020 12:00


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