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Impossible Bodies, Impossible Selves: Exclusions and Student Subjectivities


reviewed by Michael W. Apple — February 12, 2007

coverTitle: Impossible Bodies, Impossible Selves: Exclusions and Student Subjectivities
Author(s): Deborah Youdell
Publisher: Springer Publishing,
ISBN: 1402045484 , Pages: 215, Year: 2006
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I was giving a series of lectures in eastern Europe a few years after the first editions of Ideology and Curriculum (1979; 1990; 2004) and Education and Power (1982; 1985; 1995) were published. It may surprise some of the readers of this review (and it certainly surprised me) that I was introduced as “the first postmodernist and poststructuralist in education.” The focus in Ideology and Curriculum on how language practices constituted students and what students ultimately became in schools was seen as opening a door to further examination of the discursive creation of identities. My critical examination in Education and Power of the ways in which technical/administrative knowledge and discourse circulated at multiple levels in education and the larger society and on its “relative autonomy” from simple economic needs was interpreted as well as an opening to later Foucauldian discussions of disciplinary power and micro-politics. It was an interesting experience for... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: February 12, 2007
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 13251, Date Accessed: 12/11/2017 2:27:29 AM

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  • Michael Apple
    University of Wisconsin
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    MICHAEL W. APPLE is John Bascom Professor of Curriculum and Instruction and Educational Policy Studies at the University of Wisconsin. He has written extensively on the relationship between knowledge and power in education. His most recent books include Educating the “Right” way: Markets, Standards, God, and Inequality (2nd ed., 2006), The Subaltern Speak: Curriculum, Power, and Educational Struggles (2006), and Democratic Schools: Lessons for a Powerful Education (2nd ed., 2007).
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