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Double moves

Honan, Eileen 2002, Double moves, in AARE 2002 : Problematic futures : educational research in an era of uncertainty ; AARE 2002 conference papers, Australian Association for Research in Education, Coldstream, Vic., pp. 1-8.

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Title Double moves
Author(s) Honan, Eileen
Conference name Australian Association for Research in Education. Conference (2002 : Brisbane, Queensland)
Conference location Brisbane, Queensland
Conference dates 1 - 5 December 2002
Title of proceedings AARE 2002 : Problematic futures : educational research in an era of uncertainty ; AARE 2002 conference papers
Editor(s) Jeffrey, Peter L.
Publication date 2002
Start page 1
End page 8
Publisher Australian Association for Research in Education
Place of publication Coldstream, Vic.
Summary "The more a practice is mastered, the more fully subjection is achieved. Submission and mastery take place simultaneously, and this paradoxical simultaneity constitutes the ambivalence of subjection" (Butler, 1997, p. 116).

In this paper, this quotation from Judith Butler is used as a framework for an analysis of the construction of the subject within the texts of the Queensland English Syllabus. Dr Honan describes the ways in which the rationalities of the syllabus construct this ambivalent subject position, of a subject who is at one and the same time, required to master the practices of literacy mandated in the syllabus, while becoming subjected to the requirements of these practices. In her recently completed doctoral thesis, Dr Honan found that the Queensland English Syllabus works as a governing mechanism, where "to govern, in this sense, is to structure the possible field of action of others" (Foucault, 1982, p 221). This governing works to construct the 'double' subject Judith Butler refers to who must, necessarily at one and the same time, be master of certain literacy practices, and submit to these practices.
Notes This paper will be presented as part of Symposium 36, YOU02546 Performative possibilities: Education research in/and the promise of uncertainty.
ISSN 1324-9320
Language eng
Field of Research 130299 Curriculum and Pedagogy not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category E1.1 Full written paper - refereed
Copyright notice ©2002, AARE
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30013855

Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: School of Social and Cultural Studies in Education
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