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Beime, Kristina S.
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Englund, H., Frostenson, M. & Beime, K. S. (2019). Performative Technology Intensity and Teacher Subjectivities. Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research, 63(5), 725-743
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Performative Technology Intensity and Teacher Subjectivities
2019 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research, ISSN 0031-3831, E-ISSN 1470-1170, Vol. 63, no 5, p. 725-743Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Critical educational literature suggests that an increased reliance upon neoliberally inspired management technologies transforms the very foundations from which images of the ideal teacher are constructed. The purpose of this paper is to add to this literature by (i) identifying and analysing a number of theoretical qualities associated with performative technologies, and (ii) discussing how such qualities contribute to the emergence of performative teacher subjectivities. Drawing upon the findings from a qualitative interview study into the extensive use of performative technologies in a Swedish upper secondary school, we discuss four key roles of performative technologies—referred to as territorializing, mediating, adjudicating, and subjectivizing—and the intensity by which they play out such roles. A key conclusion is that the intensity by which performative technologies territorialize, mediate, and adjudicate educational practices affects self-reflection and internalization among teachers and, hence, is important for understanding the subjectivizing role of performative technologies.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Routledge, 2019
Performative technology, intensity, subjectivizing, teacher
National Category
Business Administration
Research subject
Business Studies
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-65001 (URN)10.1080/00313831.2018.1434825 (DOI)000472121900006 ()2-s2.0-85041904105 (Scopus ID)
Swedish Research Council, 2013-784

Funding Agency:

Örebro Universitet

Available from: 2018-02-13 Created: 2018-02-13 Last updated: 2019-11-11Bibliographically approved
Beime, K. S. (2018). Den avvikande anställda: En studie av den disciplinära processens misslyckande. (Doctoral dissertation). Örebro: Örebro University
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Den avvikande anställda: En studie av den disciplinära processens misslyckande
2018 (Swedish)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This thesis is devoted to the darker side of organizational control. How individuals, viewed by their superiors as dysfunctional or deviant, are dealt with once the everyday disciplinary standard operating procedures and social mechanisms are consider to fall short. My two research questions, how the deviant employee is constructed by management and how management handle the deviant employee, are closely related to how the threshold of deviance is defined, explicitly or implicitly, in formal organizations.

Central in my work is the concept of ostracism, a process where an individual is both physically removed/banished, made redundant, isolated or relocated and socially defined as deviant, said to be disloyal, uncooperative or lazy. Drawing on the work of Michel Foucault I conceptualize this as the last step in the organizations disciplinary process, a point where the aim of normalization is replaced by a process of exclusion, to safeguard the organization.

In the analysis I identify different types of deviations and how managers construct deviance in relation to different logics. The individual can be regarded as a misfit in relation to a rational economic, a bureaucratic, a collegial social and finally a socio-cultural logic of action. The individual is classified as deviant in relation to one of these frames and the manager’s attempts to normalize the individual accordingly, something that also determine if and how the individual is excluded from the organization.

The wider implications of the study is that in order to understand disciplinary regimes in working life, the processes of labelling deviance and managing exclusion must be understood.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Örebro: Örebro University, 2018. p. 205
Örebro Studies in Business - Dissertations, ISSN 1654-8841 ; 10
deviance, employment, labor contract, wage labor, discipline, normalization, ostracism, Foucault
National Category
Business Administration
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-64638 (URN)978-91-7529-227-4 (ISBN)
Public defence
2018-03-23, Örebro universitet, Billbergska huset, Hörsal B, Fakultetsgatan 1, Örebro, 13:15 (Swedish)
Available from: 2018-01-30 Created: 2018-01-30 Last updated: 2018-03-01Bibliographically approved

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