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Inclusion and mastery: Variations on the theme of subjection

LB Claiborne, S Cornforth, B Davies, A Milligan, EJ White

Gender and Education | Published : 2009

Abstract

This article undertakes a discursive analysis of the concepts of 'inclusion' and 'mastery' using memory stories generated in a collective biography workshop. The five authors analysed their memories from childhood and adolescence on two separate and competing concepts that currently inform educational practice: inclusion and mastery. These stories of mastery/non-mastery and inclusion/exclusion often exceeded or transgressed dominant normative discourses concerning the competent performance of autonomous selves. Drawing on the work of several theorists, they authors explored these transgressions. In so doing, their analysis extends Butler's theorising of the human subject as constituted throu..

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