Critical policy sociology : historiography, archaeology and genealogy as methods of policy analysis

Gale, Trevor 2001, Critical policy sociology : historiography, archaeology and genealogy as methods of policy analysis, Journal of education policy, vol. 16, no. 5, pp. 379-393.

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Title Critical policy sociology : historiography, archaeology and genealogy as methods of policy analysis
Author(s) Gale, Trevor
Journal name Journal of education policy
Volume number 16
Issue number 5
Start page 379
End page 393
Total pages 15
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Oxon, England
Publication date 2001
ISSN 0268-0939
1464-5106
Keyword(s) educational policy studies
methodological issues
policy researchers
policy
policy analysis
Summary In recent times critical approaches to educational policy studies have been subject to increasing interrogation over methodological issues, often by critical policy researchers themselves. In the main, their reflexive posturings have been informed by critique which proceeds that beyond brief descriptions of research logis tics and a general commitment to the methodologies of a critical orientation, critical policy analyses offer few explicit accounts of the connections between the stories they tell about policy and the data used to tell them. As a way of addressing these silences, this paper proposes three methodological approaches within which to explore and explain matters of policy, each generating its own particular view of the (policy) issues worth looking for, where they can be found and how to look for them. Drawing on research into the production of Australian higher education policy during the late 1980s and early 1990s, the paper illustrates the characteristics of these approaches, referring to them as policy historiography, policy genealogy and policy archaeology. Without claiming absolute distinctions between their interests, the paper couples policy historiography with the substantive issues of policy at particular hegemonic moments, policy genealogy with social actors' engagement with policy, and policy archaeology with conditions that regulate policy formations.
Language eng
Field of Research 139999 Education not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2001, Taylor & Francis Ltd
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