Power, Curriculum, and Embodiment

Re-thinking Curriculum as Counter-Conduct and Counter-Politics

  • James P. Burns

Part of the Curriculum Studies Worldwide book series (CSWW)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. James P. Burns
    Pages 1-23
  3. James P. Burns
    Pages 125-148
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 149-157

About this book


This book explores curriculum inquiry through the theoretical lens of governmentality as a site of disciplinary biopolitics and a system of heteropatriarchal political economy. Examining the powerscape in which education is currently situated, the author offers a conceptual framework for curriculum scholarship based on Foucault’s genealogy of power, and analyzes how curriculum design has historically effectuated disciplinary power on students and teachers. The book engages in a synoptic essay of the history of American violence, an important curricular issue, and finally applies Foucault’s concepts of truth-telling and self-care to curriculum studies as a form of self and social reconstruction in complicated conversation with each other.


biopolitics Heteropatriarchal Violence governmentality Foucault interdisciplinary synoptic content analysis

Authors and affiliations

  • James P. Burns
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Teaching and LearningFlorida International UniversityMiamiUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-68522-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-68523-6
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