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The Rule of Mimetic Desire in Higher Education: The Effects of Governing the Bologna Process through Naming, Shaming and Faming

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This abstract is based on a multisited policy ethnography. This ethnography aimed to contribute to research on international higher education reform by offering an empirical and theoretical account of the governing mode of the Bologna Process, including the use of standards as a governing technology, and by demonstrating how the reform materializes and is translated in everyday working life.
In order to capture the transformative character of the education standards I take inspiration in Karen Barad’s work in which she ascribes agency to matter. Barad represents what I call the onto-epistemological turn within poststructuralism. This means that she brings together ontology and epistemology. In this case it enables me to understand that standards do not merely move at the epistemological level, as specifications and ideas to follow. They also intra-act with material practices in everyday working-life. The new standards alter that which they seek to govern because they change the organizing, routines and sociality of professional working-life.
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StatusUdgivet - 2015
BegivenhedThe European Conference on Educational Research: ECER - Corvinus University, Budapest, Ungarn
Varighed: 7 sep. 201511 sep. 2015


KonferenceThe European Conference on Educational Research
LokationCorvinus University


  • Videregående uddannelse, Uddannelsespolitik, Internationalisering/globalisering

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