Bernard Stiegler: Technics and Educational Leadership as a Form of Psycho-Power

  • Richard Niesche
  • Christina Gowlett
Part of the Educational Leadership Theory book series (ELT)


This chapter introduces the work and ideas of philosopher Bernard Stiegler and articulates how they might be useful in educational leadership scholarship. The chapter introduces these ideas through an examination of key books and book series before shifting the focus more explicitly to education and educational leadership. The chapter provides a range of analytic tools with which to understand contexts of education in contemporary hyper-industrial capitalism and the effects of this on education and educational leadership. The notions of pharmakon and psycho-power are used as demonstrations of tools for analysis. The chapter includes a glossary of key terms and also some key readings for those new to Stiegler’s work.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard Niesche
    • 1
  • Christina Gowlett
    • 2
  1. 1.School of EducationUniversity of New South WalesSydneyAustralia
  2. 2.School of EducationThe University of QueenslandBrisbaneAustralia

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