Foucault at School: Discipline, Education and Agency in Harry Potter (2013)

11 12 2013

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Shira Wolosky, Foucault at School: Discipline, Education and Agency in Harry Potter, Children’s Literature in Education, November 2013

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Abstract

The formative power of children’s literature is both great and suspicious. As a resource of socialization, the construction and experience of children’s literature can be seen as modes of disciplinary coercion such as Michel Foucault has anatomized. Harry Potter, as a “craze” phenomenon, has attracted particular controversy due to its intense commercialization and dissemination, raising questions about its socializing roles. Here I argue that Harry Potter itself addresses, represents, and reflects on socializing disciplines as both psychological and socio-historical processes, with special focus on and implications for educational scenes and methods. Discipline is shown to be inevitable and necessary, but not only in the coercive ways of Foucault. It is no less important for constructing the self in positive senses. Hogwarts, as the central site of…

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