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Unruly practices : what a sociology of translations can offer to educational policy analysis.

Hamilton, Mary E. (2011) Unruly practices : what a sociology of translations can offer to educational policy analysis. Educational Philosophy and Theory, 43 (Supple). pp. 55-75. ISSN 0013-1857

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Abstract

This paper argues for the utility of ANT as a philosophical and methodological approach to policy analysis. It introduces the key features of a recent educational policy reform initiative, Skills for Life and illustrates the argument by looking at three “moments” (in Callon’s 1986 terminology) in the life of this initiative, applying the theoretical tools of ANT to these. The analysis shows that even (and perhaps especially) within a strongly framed social policy initiative like the Skills for Life Strategy, things constantly escape; that differences held in tension within the “successful” project sow the seeds of failure and dissolution.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Educational Philosophy and Theory
Additional Information: To appear in special issue on Actor Network Theory edited by Tara Fenwick and Richard Edwards.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Actor Network Theory ; Educational Policy ; Reform ; Adult Literacy ; Skills for Life
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Educational Research
ID Code: 27178
Deposited By: Professor Mary Hamilton
Deposited On: 07 Oct 2009 14:42
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 09 Apr 2014 20:29
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/27178

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