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The Subject of Exemption: through discourses of normalization and individualization in Denmark

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  • Bjørn Hamre
  • ,
  • Tine Fristrup
  • Gerd Christensen, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
This article examines the constructions of the deviant subject in Danish Foucauldian educational research. Following the work of Foucault, we argue that the deviant subject, on the one hand, could be considered as a subject of exemption. In this case, exemption is deduced from Foucault’s understanding of the relation between normality and deviancy. On the other hand, an examination of Danish Foucauldian disability research shows that this conception of ‘the deviant subject’ has changed over time. Hence, the present expectations of ‘the disabled’ are – more or less – influenced by contemporary discourses of general education. Thus, this article argues that Foucauldian disability studies could benefit from taking into account Foucauldian research in the field of general education. Until recently, the two research fields have been mutually isolated.
Original languageEnglish
Article number1
JournalNordic Journal of Social Research
IssueSpecial issue
Pages (from-to)6-21
Number of pages16
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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Special issue: Special education and the deviant child in the Nordic countries – the impact of Foucault

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  • Sprog, Magt

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