The Conflicted Other in Policy Making: focusing on Art Education

Matthews, Miranda. 2017. 'The Conflicted Other in Policy Making: focusing on Art Education'. In: British Education Research Association Conference. Sussex University, United Kingdom 5th - 7th September 2017. [Conference or Workshop Item]

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Dynamics of policy making for education are invested with intersubjective tensions, as different stakeholders seek to meet their changing needs in the shifting ground of neoliberalism. Recent literature emphasising the need for boundary-work seeks to bridge the tensions in order to broker resolutions. I argue that perspectives on boundary-work connecting with the Foucauldian sense of power as relations could benefit from further analysis of the forms of intersubjective conflict involved. Accordingly Sartre’s concept of conflicted Otherness is in focus. Through empirical investigation, the stances taken by advisory policy makers and school senior management attempting to navigate directives for art education are theorised. This original approach to such relational boundaries locates key issues in the field of policy studies. It raises questions about the difficulties of aiming for effective collaboration in a climate of protectionist reactions to globalisation, incentivised competition, and the divisive minimisation of creativity in the curriculum.

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Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)


art education, boundaries, conflict, Other, policy, Sartre

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Educational Studies > Centre for the Arts and Learning


5 September 2017Completed

Event Location:

Sussex University, United Kingdom

Date range:

5th - 7th September 2017

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21 Nov 2017 15:48

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27 Mar 2019 14:28


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