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Performativity, youth and injurious speech

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posted on 2024-06-17, 04:00 authored by M Rasmussen, V Harwood
Young people may become disengaged from schooling in the middle years for a multitude of reasons. We consider the story of one young woman from the state of New South Wales, in Australia, who left school early, and consider some of the factors that contributed to her decision to remove herself from compulsory education. This young woman encountered injurious speech relating to her race, gender, sexuality, size and ability. In undertaking this analysis, we draw on Foucaultian theorizing of the subject and on the related Butlerian notion of performativity. Performative acts that occur within and around schools have the power to injure, to alienate and to potentially exclude students from access to schooling. This article details how performative acts may operate as mechanisms of exclusion, obfuscating the social conventions and institutional structures that invest them with power. Our analysis of how performative acts function in school settings concludes with some suggestions of how teachers and students might think differently about the production of their own and others' existence.

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Journal

Teaching education

Volume

14

Pagination

25-36

Location

Oxon, England

ISSN

1047-6210

eISSN

1470-1286

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2003, School of Education, University of Queensland

Issue

1

Publisher

Routledge

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