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Embodiment and becoming in secondary drama classrooms: The effects of neoliberal education cultures on performances of self and of drama texts

Lambert, K., Wright, P., Currie, J. and Pascoe, R. (2016) Embodiment and becoming in secondary drama classrooms: The effects of neoliberal education cultures on performances of self and of drama texts. Critical Studies in Education . In Press.

Link to Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17508487.2016.1238402
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Abstract

This article explores the effects of neoliberalism and performative educational cultures on secondary school drama classrooms. We consider the ways Deleuze and Guattari’s schizoanalysis and Butler’s concept of gender performance enable us to chart the embodied, relational, spatial and affective energies that inhabit the often neoliberal and heterosexually striated space of the drama classroom. These post-humanist analyses are useful methodological tools for mapping the complexities of student becomings in the space context of the secondary school. We also show how Foucault’s governmentality and Ball’s theory of competitive performativity are particularly salient in the context of immanent capitalism that shapes the desires of its subjects. These frameworks, when combined, can be useful in critiquing neoliberal educational assemblages and in indicating emerging deterritorializations and lines of flight in teachers and students.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Education
Publisher: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/33857
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