Changing regimes: governmentality and education policy in post-apartheid South Africa

Christie, Pamela (2006) Changing regimes: governmentality and education policy in post-apartheid South Africa. International Journal of Educational Development, 26 4: 373-381. doi:10.1016/j.ijedudev.2005.09.006

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Author Christie, Pamela
Title Changing regimes: governmentality and education policy in post-apartheid South Africa
Journal name International Journal of Educational Development   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0738-0593
Publication date 2006-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.ijedudev.2005.09.006
Volume 26
Issue 4
Start page 373
End page 381
Total pages 9
Editor K. Watson
Place of publication Kidlington, United Kingdom
Publisher Pergamon
Collection year 2006
Language eng
Subject 330106 Comparative Education
370101 Social Theory
749906 Education policy
130302 Comparative and Cross-Cultural Education
Abstract This article applies Foucault's notion of governmentality to educational restructuring in post-apartheid South Africa. It argues that the nature of government in a modern state entails engaging with particular practices and domains of knowledge, which themselves constrain the changes that are conceivable and credible. Using Foucault's concepts of ‘conduct of conduct’, regimes of practices and ‘saviors’, the article outlines the approach adopted by the new government in relation to establishing constitutional ground rules and managing the economy. It argues that in its approach to restructuring education, the new government prioritised issues relating to the ‘conduct of conduct’. The article suggests that Foucault's approach of questioning normalisations might yield alternative accounts of the exercise of governmental power in changing education. It ends by proposing that a range of theoretical framings be used in engaging critically with educational change.
Keyword Education Policy
Education And Development
Educational Administration
Sociology Of Education/social Policy
Education & Educational Research
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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