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Unruly practices : what a sociology of translations can offer to educational policy analysis.

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Journal publication date12/2011
JournalEducational Philosophy and Theory
Journal numberSupplement 1
Volume43
Number of pages21
Pages55-75
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

This paper argues for the utility of ANT as a philosophical and methodological approach to policy analysis. It introduces the key features of a recent educational policy reform initiative, Skills for Life and illustrates the argument by looking at three “moments” (in Callon’s 1986 terminology) in the life of this initiative, applying the theoretical tools of ANT to these. The analysis shows that even (and perhaps especially) within a strongly framed social policy initiative like the Skills for Life Strategy, things constantly escape; that differences held in tension within the “successful” project sow the seeds of failure and dissolution.

Bibliographic note

To appear in special issue on Actor Network Theory edited by Tara Fenwick and Richard Edwards.