Playful Hyper Responsibility

Toward a Dislocation of Parents' Responsibility?

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Abstract

Over the past 10–15 years, state-funded schools have begun to require parents to assume an undefined and infinite personal responsibility. In this article, we investigate how schools organize responsibility games to respond to this challenge and how these games affect the concept of responsibility. We point to a dislocation in the way parents are assigned responsibility, because the definition of responsibility is not only a question of formulating rules or providing advice. We argue that what emerges is a kind of playful hyper responsibility that identifies responsibility as the participation in a process of public exploration by parents of the definition of their specific responsibilities. This has several consequences, one of which is that it becomes difficult to have a political discussion about what can reasonably be expected of parents.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Education Policy
Volume29
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)105-121
Number of pages17
ISSN0268-0939
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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Playful Hyper Responsibility : Toward a Dislocation of Parents' Responsibility? / Knudsen, Hanne; Åkerstrøm Andersen, Niels.

In: Journal of Education Policy, Vol. 29, No. 1, 2014, p. 105-121.

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