Re-thinking Power and Curriculum Book Chapter

Burns, JP. (2018). Re-thinking Power and Curriculum . 125-148. 10.1007/978-3-319-68523-6_5

cited authors

  • Burns, JP



  • This chapter advocates for curriculum scholarship as the embodiment of counter-conduct as the courage of truth. Truth-telling can create spaces within disciplinary institutions to generate new counter-politics to commonsense hegemonic discourses around neoliberal capitalist globalization to reveal techniques of power aimed at producing compliant populations of superfluous people. The chapter proposes re-thinking curriculum studies by connecting Foucault’s genealogical tactic with his analysis of parrhēsia, or “free-spokenness,” the embodiment of truth in one’s life, which resonates with Pinar’s post-Reconceptualization understanding of curriculum as complicated conversation through which to reconstruct the self and the social.

publication date

  • January 1, 2018

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

start page

  • 125

end page

  • 148