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Governing of the nation: Generation Pep as a biopolitical strategy
University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Educational sciences, Educational science, Education.
2020 (English)In: Sport, Education and Society, ISSN 1357-3322, E-ISSN 1470-1243, Vol. 25, no 7, p. 752-763Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article explores how the well-being of the Swedish population has become a joint responsibility in the mission to shape desirable and proper citizens. This is done by studying an organisation called Generation Pep (GEN-PEP), which was established as a measure to foster a well-functioning population both now and in the future. The article draws on a post-structural and discursive theorisation inspired by the work of Michel Foucault and his concept of governmentality, with the specific aims of studying how GEN-PEP functions as a biopolitical strategy aimed at fostering a desirable population and identifying governing techniques mobilised within and through the project. The population is described as having failed to function well and that this should be remedied by creating measures that are indirectly aimed at children as future useful citizens. The measures are legitimised by highlighting the population’s ill-health. As a result of ‘experts’ and national role models telling these truths, the governing reflects the idea that a power similar to sovereign power needs to be re-established, where e.g. philanthropists contribute to and enable the project’s strategies and measures. The measures taken are described as a mutual responsibility, with parents being made especially responsible for correcting faults in accordance with the suggested solutions. GEN-PEP functions as a biopolitical strategy in which corporations, philanthropists and celebrities are encouraged to work together to improve the well-being of the nation.

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Taylor & Francis, 2020. Vol. 25, no 7, p. 752-763
Keywords [en]
Governmentality, biopolitics, philanthropy, health, education, parents
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Educational Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-30760DOI: 10.1080/13573322.2019.1664449ISI: 000485469400001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85073945237OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-30760DiVA, id: diva2:1359553
Available from: 2019-10-09 Created: 2019-10-09 Last updated: 2020-12-07Bibliographically approved
In thesis
1. Utbildning och hälsa i nationens intresse: Styrningsteknologier och formering av en förädlad befolkning
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Utbildning och hälsa i nationens intresse: Styrningsteknologier och formering av en förädlad befolkning
2019 (Swedish)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [sv]

Avhandlingen består av fyra artiklar vilka handlar om medborgarfostran för att skapa en välfungerande nation. Syftet med avhandlingen är att problematisera hur utbildning och hälsa opererar som styrningsteknologier riktade mot befolkningen inom dagens förädlingsdiskurs. Det teoretiska och analytiska ramverket utgår från delar ur Foucaults begreppsapparat, nämligen styrningsmentalitet, biopolitik, diskursanalys och genealogi. Empirin består bland annat av offentliga dokument så som SOU, projektrapporter samt websidor. Analysen visar att även om befolkningen och dess problem beskrivs som olika, så antas det vara grundat i, och härröra från, okunnighet. För att åtgärda detta opererar utbildning och utbildningsinsatser för att skapa en välfungerande befolkning. Medborgarna styrs och regleras genom neoliberal styrning där tekniker som kontroll och disciplin möjliggör kartläggning, undervisningsinsatser, kategorisering och reglering. Den hälsosamma medborgaren förväntas vara autonom, ha viljan att ständigt lära och vara hälsosam i enlighet med normen.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Linköping University Electronic Press, 2019. p. 82
Series
Linköping studies in behavioural science, ISSN 1654-2029 ; 219
National Category
Pedagogy
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-34529 (URN)978-91-7685-053-4 (ISBN)
Available from: 2020-12-08 Created: 2020-12-07 Last updated: 2020-12-08Bibliographically approved

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