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The curriculum as a site of counter politics: theorising the domain of the sayable

Teague, Laura. 2017. The curriculum as a site of counter politics: theorising the domain of the sayable. British Journal of Sociology of Education, 39(1), pp. 92-106. ISSN 0142-5692 [Article]

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Whilst there has been increasing focus on the impact of neoliberal education policy on the curriculum covered in schools, as well as on teacher and student subjectivities, less research has been done on the possibility, or otherwise, for teachers to challenge curriculum constraints. Arguing that these curriculum constraints are not simply imposed by an external censor, this paper takes up Judith Butler’s (1997) concept of the ‘domain of the sayable’ to theorise what it is possible to imagine teaching in the primary school classroom in the first place. I draw on two different ethnographic data episodes to explore the parameters of the ‘domain of the sayable’ in the space of the classroom in which I taught, mapping the silences and sudden swerving away from topics that seem to be straying close to what is impossible to say or hear. This process offers new insight into how we might conceptualise teacher resistance and counter politics within the current educational policy milieu in the UK.

Item Type:

Article

Identification Number (DOI):

https://doi.org/10.1080/01425692.2017.1304814

Keywords:

curriculum, primary education, education policy, poststructuralist theory

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Educational Studies

Dates:

DateEvent
7 March 2017Accepted
11 April 2017Published Online

Item ID:

20301

Date Deposited:

21 Apr 2017 12:52

Last Modified:

28 Feb 2019 10:55

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

URI:

http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/20301

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