Postdisciplinary Studies in Discourse

Regulating Social Life

Discourses on the Youth and the Dispositif of Age

Authors: Ostrowicka, Helena

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  • Explores the relationship between discourses and power strategies and their roles in universalising the concept of the youth
  • Destabilises 'problems' linked to the youth by showing different layers of apparatisation and generalisation, and how they regulate social life
  • Draws on the works of Foucault and Koselleck to describe and interpret the temporal tension in the dispositif of age between the past, the present and the future
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This book presents the original concept of the ‘dispositif of age’, combining post-Foucauldian analytics of the dispositif, discourse and governmentality with the historical semantics of Reinhart Koselleck to explore the functions of the notion of youth in the regulation of social life. Making use of examples from sources including scientific and media statements, youth policy programmes, and strategies at international (European) and local (Polish) levels, the author shows how this concept of youth supports processes of social regulation and contributes to the implementation of political goals as specific responses to issues such as radicalization and violence, unemployment, and economic crisis. This book will be of interest not only to scholars of discourse and youth studies, but also to all post-Foucauldian researchers with an interest in going beyond simple 'applicationism'.

About the authors

Helena Ostrowicka is Associate Professor and Chair of Research Methodology and Discourse Studies at Kazimierz Wielki University in Bydgoszcz, Poland. She is interested in the issues of broadly understood educational, youth, and scientific policy. She focuses on exploring the post-Foucauldian perspective in the analysis of discourse, and the relations of knowledge and power in four institutional contexts: education, science, politics, and the media.

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“This theoretically sophisticated work opens up intriguing ways of analysing discourse. Especially the ‘3-C discourse’ on youth shows how policy brings young people into being as particular kinds of subject. This concept – and many others in the book – will be eminently useful to scholars in discourse studies and related fields.” (Professor Felicitas Macgilchrist, Georg Eckert Institute of International Textbook Research and the University of Goettingen, Germany)

Table of contents (5 chapters)

Table of contents (5 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Regulating Social Life
Book Subtitle
Discourses on the Youth and the Dispositif of Age
Authors
Series Title
Postdisciplinary Studies in Discourse
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-16888-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-16888-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-16887-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 172
Number of Illustrations
7 b/w illustrations
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