Governmentality and Post-Fordist Art Education

  • Nadine M. Kalin
Part of the Creativity, Education and the Arts book series (CEA)


This chapter bears down on neoliberal ideology’s influence on contemporary conceptions of creativity and its education. Under the present post-Fordist system of economic production, artists—with their drive to innovate, flexible production practices, and tolerance for precarity—are being upheld as ideal workers. The resulting requirements of immaterial labor have obliged the restructuring of education through forms of neoliberal governmentality that set about instilling specific values and urgencies manifesting in the governmentalization of learning and economization of education. In my consideration of the convergence of these pressures I focus on how the Partnership for 21st Century Skills mandates the acceleration of post-Fordist economic goals for art education through government of self and others that greatly reduces the possibilities for the nurturing of creativity.


Creativity Neoliberalism Governmentality Post-Fordism Foucault 


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  • Nadine M. Kalin
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  1. 1.Department of Art Education and Art HistoryUniversity of North TexasDentonUSA

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