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"The floor is not a toy": On the material culture of individualizing technologies
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Educational Sciences, Department of Education. (SEC - Sociology of Education and Culture)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3444-952X
2007 (English)In: Nordic Perspectives of Lifelong Learning in the New Europe: comparative considerations of the educational space, 2007Conference paper, Abstract (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Since the early eighties the independent and responsible individual has been problematized in terms of ‘genealogy’, ‘history of the present’ and ‘governmentality’. A number of important studies have shed light upon how individuals have come to be governed less trough limitations on their freedom, and more through ”technologies of the self” and ”individualizing technologies” that creates subjects who are capable of governing themselves. My intention with this paper is to examine the material and spatial aspects of these individualizing technologies; the ”governmateriality” of individualizing technologies. This is to be done through a study of the material culture of the Swedish preschool in the first half of the twentieth century. Among other things this paper will pay attention to how the design of water closets, the glass windows of the doors and the construction of toys was intended to mould children that participated in their own subordination.

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utbildningshistoria, Foucault
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Sociology of Education
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-286840OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-286840DiVA: diva2:922069
The Nordic Educational Research Association (NERA) Conference
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