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Foucault, power, and education

Foucault, power, and education

Ball, Stephen J., author

This title invites internationally renowned scholar Stephen J. Ball to reflect on the importance and influence of Foucault on his work in educational policy. By focusing on some of the ways Foucault has been placed in relation to educational questions or questions about education, Ball highlights the relationships between Foucault's concepts and methods, and educational research and analysis

Paperback, Book. English.
Published New York: Routledge, 2013
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Statement of responsibility: Stephen J. Ball
ISBN: 0203078667, 0415895375, 9780203078662, 9780415895378
Intended audience: Specialized.
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Physical Description: xii, 178 pages ; 20 cm.
Series: Routledge key ideas in education series
Subject: Education Philosophy.; Education.; Ethics; Education Social aspects.; Foucault, Michel, 1926-1984.; Philosophy; Education
Series Title: Routledge key ideas in education series.


  1. Series Editor Introduction
  2. Preface
  3. List of Figures and Tables
  4. Do we really need another book about Foucault?
  5. Let's re-write the history of education policy
  6. A thoroughly modern education - blood flows through it!
  7. How not to be governed in that way?

Author note

Stephen Ball is Karl Mannheim Professor of Sociology of Education, Institute of Education, University of London.


"Ball's use of Foucault as applied to specific instances of educational policy is a powerful model for scholars and students as it provides an approach through which to analyze and understand past and present educational policy. Summing Up: Reccommended."-J.A. Helfer, Knox College, for CHOICE, November 2013

"........what Ball has constructed here is valuable, partly because he brings his subject into relief personally, intellectually and methodologically; but also and more importantly because he goes beyond just analysing and applying Foucault and attempts to 'do' Foucault.  It is his use of genealogy and the distinct autobiographical slant which appears and reappears throughout that set this book apart, and make it needed."? Ben Knight, International Journal of Lifelong Education