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Title: Assembling the apparatus governing the subjects : the emergence and deployment of higher education in modern China
Author: Guo, Hua
ISNI:       0000 0004 2717 4377
Awarding Body: Institute of Education, University of London
Current Institution: University College London (University of London)
Date of Award: 2011
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This thesis is a genealogy of the emergence and deployment of Higher Education (HE) in modern China, in particular its role in the production and shaping of a variety of subject forms. By engaging both historical and contemporary materials connected to HE, I intend to display, in Foucault's words, an 'effective' history of the emergence and deployment of HE in modern China, the ways in which HE becomes a particular apparatus of social selection and personnel production, and also an important form of government, also the ways in which HE influences its subjects in understanding their own subject positions in relation to HE, to others and to themselves. In this thesis, HE is first understood as a complex apparatus made of a variety of components; each of these components — principle, system, curriculum, pedagogy, and campus, involves multiple power relations and cannot be reduced to a single power will. HE can be understood as a particular form of government over its targeted subjects. HE as such works through an assemblage of rationalities, authorities, technologies, choices and desires, all contributing to the production and shaping of particular forms truth, subject and ethics. Within this assemblage of HE government, all elements are not unified but rather open to struggles, changes and transformations.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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