Childhood Constructions of Contemporary Technology: Using Discourse Analysis to Understand the Creation of Occupational Possibilities

Mary Silcock, Clare Hocking & Deborah Payne Ten children aged 10-12 years were audio recorded discussing and demonstrating the types of technology they regularly used at home. A critical discourse analysis of the transcriptions was completed to identify dominant discourses the children deployed. Philosopher Michel Foucault’s theories on the history of existence, power relations, the […]

Schooling and social change

Schooling and social change

The article presents the author’s imaginary interpretation of social and educational life after two centuries. It presents the creation and functioning of cyborgs. The author hypothesizes about cyborgs leading a digital life. He hypothesizes that by 2119, custodial systems for the mentally ill will get closed. They will be replaced by hibernaria that will provide […]

Kant and the Creation of Reality

The American Philosophers from the Transcendentalists to the Pragmatists were all following in the footsteps of the great German Idealist Immanuel Kant (1724 – 1804). This isn’t too surprising because all of Western Philosophy follows in the footsteps of Kant. In 1781 Kant published The Critique of Pure Reason and rocked the world of philosophy. […]

The Social Genesis of Individual Practice

  Whilst Bourdieu’s concept of habitus provides some useful insights into the ‘social’ nature of our identities, it also presents some analytical shortcomings. In this paper I expose some of the theoretical deficiencies present in Bourdieu’s model and argue that these can be resolved by applying some of the insights of the Perfomative Theory of […]