Social work education and carcerality

Diane Simpson

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The study applied Foucauldian concepts of disciplinary power (Foucault, 1991). Foucault identified several ways carcerality is enacted within institutions: hierarchical observation, normalising judgements, examination, spatialisation and regimes regulating behaviours and time (Foucault, 1991; O'Farrell, 2005). However, this analysis develops Foucauldian theory in relation to disciplinary power to include technologies of relationships and of the self (agency) (Leask, 2012). Little has been written about carceral and disciplinary influences on higher education but there is evidence about the impact on students (Fox, 1989; Kelly, 2012) and staff (Fox, 1989; Harding and Taylor, 2001; Hendrix, 2010). Foucault (cited in Chambon et al., 1999) argued that social work is a societal regulatory mechanism and evidence of Foucauldian disciplinary power in social work, including the ability to resist, has been discussed (Moffatt, 1999; Gilbert and Powell, 2010).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSociety for Research into Higher Education
Publication statusPublished - 10 Dec 2014
EventSociety for Research Into Higher Education Annual Conference 2014: Inspiring Future Generations; embracing plurality and difference in higher education. - Celtic Manor Hotel, Newport
Duration: 10 Dec 201412 Dec 2014


ConferenceSociety for Research Into Higher Education Annual Conference 2014
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