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Double moves

conference contribution
posted on 2002-01-01, 00:00 authored by Eileen Honan
"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.

History

Event

Australian Association for Research in Education. Conference (2002 : Brisbane, Queensland)

Pagination

1 - 8

Publisher

Australian Association for Research in Education

Location

Brisbane, Queensland

Place of publication

Coldstream, Vic.

Start date

2002-12-01

End date

2002-12-05

ISSN

1324-9320

Language

eng

Notes

This paper will be presented as part of Symposium 36, YOU02546 Performative possibilities: Education research in/and the promise of uncertainty.

Publication classification

E1.1 Full written paper - refereed

Copyright notice

2002, AARE

Editor/Contributor(s)

P Jeffrey

Title of proceedings

AARE 2002 : Problematic futures : educational research in an era of uncertainty ; AARE 2002 conference papers

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