Lacan and Education Policy: The Other Side of Education

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Lacan and Education Policy draws on the rich conceptual resources of Lacanian psychoanalysis. Using Lacan’s four discourses Matthew Clarke offers a sophisticated critique of recent education policy and the neoliberal model of political economy within which it sits, including the ways in which education has been diminished and trivialised through the economistic and depoliticising moves of policy. Clarke articulates possibilities for thinking differently about education and education policy beyond the reductive narratives of neoliberalism. He argues that psychoanalytic theory is valuable, not so much for allowing us to see what education ‘really is’, but for offering insights into what prevents education from ‘being’, enabling us to shift our focus instead into the possibilities education offers as a space of ‘becoming’. The book suggests possibilities for conceptualising and creating ‘the other side’ of education.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherBloomsbury Academic
Number of pages180
ISBN (Electronic)9781350070561
ISBN (Print)9781350201354
Publication statusPublished - 26 Jul 2019


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