Michel de Certeau, everyday life and policy cultures: the case of parent engagement in education policy

Saltmarsh, Sue (2015) Michel de Certeau, everyday life and policy cultures: the case of parent engagement in education policy. Critical Studies in Education, 56 (1). pp. 38-54. ISSN 1750-8487

Abstract

This paper draws on theoretical insights from Michel de Certeau to formulate a response to questions of whether, and in what ways, poststructural policy analysis
can ‘transcend critique to offer potential grounds for alternative social and political strategies in education’. The paper offers a discussion of how Certeau’s concern with
how policies ‘work on’ everyday cultures and everyday cultures ‘work on’ policies, might speak to education policy analysts in useful ways. Taking the case of
parent–school engagement in education policy as an example, I explore how Certeau’s commitment to policy work founded on an ethical demand for heterogeneity and a recognition of complicity offers fertile ground for understanding, unsettling and potentially remaking policy agendas, their enactments and lived effects. I argue that in order to move beyond critique we must first accept a position within its gaze, and to ask how policy might be put to use as a means of recognizing rather than regulating the subjects, practices and relations of culture.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to Published version, in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Teacher Education and Early Childhood
Date Deposited: 04 Jan 2017 23:48
Last Modified: 13 Feb 2017 06:10
Uncontrolled Keywords: educational policy; ethnography; parent school engagement; philosophy of education; poststructural/postmodern/critical theory
Fields of Research : 16 Studies in Human Society > 1605 Policy and Administration > 160506 Education Policy
16 Studies in Human Society > 1608 Sociology > 160809 Sociology of Education
16 Studies in Human Society > 1608 Sociology > 160806 Social Theory
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9304 School/Institution > 930403 School/Institution Policies and Development
C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9304 School/Institution > 930402 School/Institution Community and Environment
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1080/17508487.2015.961166
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/30196

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