Governmentality, Neutral Pedagogy, and Teacher's (De)Professionalization

Andrea Ruffinelli About the author


This essay analyzes the stress experienced by the professional nature of teacher's training and practice in an economic, sociopolitical and educational system in Chile. This applies the principles of the market and managerialism to control the minds of individuals - 'governmentality' - by using behavior performative technologies. These methods are able to recognize personal-induced decisions, thus decreasing the teaching scope to requirements that apparently do not have ideological or political content, stimulating a neutral and hygienic pedagogy, which is oriented to the externally imposed goal. A system whose paradoxical discursive correlate is the professionalization of the teaching role.

Governmentality; Performativity; Teacher's professionalization; Neutral pedagogy

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