A governmentality perspective
Risk is central to some education research, namely research looking at the
construction of children and young people as vulnerable or ‘at-risk’ and
research documenting the impact of students’ engagement in forms of
adventure learning, sometimes called ‘risky play’. But the literature is
conceptually limited. In this presentation I adopt a governmentality
perspective to develop a theoretical strategy to understanding schools
as risk institutions and the importance of risk to consolidating market
discipline and monopoly governance as techniques for restoring
Andrew Wilkins is Reader in Education at Goldsmiths, University of London.
He writes about education policy and governance with a focus on risk,
experts, networks, citizenship and statecraft. His recent books include
Modernising School Governance (Routledge 2016) and Education
Governance and Social Theory (Bloomsbury 2018).
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