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Exploring educational (un)readiness through the concepts of dispositive, assemblage and actor-network

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In this article, we examine the analytical potentials of the concepts of the dispositive, assemblage, and actor-network developed by Foucault, Deleuze, and Latour, respectively. We do so by engaging with a selected empirical case concerning an intervention in the Danish educational landscape–the Assessment of Educational Readiness (AER). Regarding the dispositive, the ambition of problematizing and destabilizing the status quo is pursued with genealogy as an analytical tool, and by analyzing the heterogeneous constitutive complexities in order to illuminate how that which is regarded as natural comprises specific forms of power/knowledge. This analytical strategy we describe as a reality- and subjectivity-problematizing reconfiguration. With the analytical strategy imbricated in the concept of assemblage, the-taken-for-granted is disrupted by examining processes of becoming and the production of differences associated with these processes, as well as unpacking potentialities in the form of fractures, cracks, or tentative attempts to develop alternative ways of becoming. It allows us to engage with the complex nature of a phenomenon by focusing on virtuality in the form of the not yet realized or that which is yet to come, which is why we term this analytical strategy a virtual reality reconfiguration. Finally, the actor-network as an analytical strategy examines the ways in which the social is constructed through the joining together of heterogeneous actors in networks and by mapping events with the aim of providing insight into how heterogeneous human and non-human actors are networked together and create new
realities. We term this analytical strategy a heterogeneous reality reconfiguration.
TidsskriftHuman Arenas - An interdisciplinary Journal of Psychology, Culture, and Meaning
Antal sider17
StatusE-pub ahead of print - 29 mar. 2022


  • Uddannelsesparathedsvurdering, Deleuze, Foucault, Latour, assemblage, dispositiv, aktørnetværk

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