[lg policy] Fwd: [LINGANTH] Call for Papers - Policy and Risk

Harold Schiffman haroldfs at GMAIL.COM
Thu May 16 21:14:22 UTC 2013


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I am guest editing the journal Policy Futures in Education on risk The
topic may not immediately seem relevant to many on the listserv (largely an
interest to sociologists but of emerging interest to anthropologists.
(Shameless plug: See my Education and the Risk Society: Theories,
Discourse, and Risk Identities in Educational Contexts). Feel free to
contact me with any questions. Steve




Journal: Policy Futures in Education
Call for Papers
Social Policy, Risk and Education
Steven Bialostok, Guest Editor

This special issue of Policy Futures in Education (PFIE) takes the broad
lens of risk as its point of departure and invites empirical and
theoretical papers which focus on the ways in which risk is enacted through
and within education. Risk has become a central discourse – a cultural
mindset - in modern societies which frames identities and organizes the
governance of individuals and populations. The neoliberal, deregulated
state, which emphasizes market-based solutions to the distribution of
social goods, has collapsed economic and social policy: the paramount
reality is competition and risk. Risk in multifarious settings now
dominates social, political and economic discourse.

In a world where uncertainty and harm are governed through risk assessment
and risk management, it is no surprise that educational policy similarly
aligns loss, injury, and disadvantage with educational management
strategies. American education, largely associated with formal schooling,
has long embraced the concept of risk (e.g., “at-risk children” and “a
nation at risk”) as the basis for securing the nation’s economic future
competitiveness. Public program initiatives such as Head Start are
fashioned upon the perception of a perilous future, and attempt to assess
and manage negative risks to children and society, as do the policies of
many private intervention programs. Similarly, school-age children, from
kindergarten through high school, are systematically identified as “at
risk” and targeted for academic and social intervention. While the U.S.
Department of Education’s “A Nation At Risk” predated Beck’s risk society,
the “at
 risk” child can only be imagined within a risk society. Conversely, both
official and unofficial educational sites are also governed by risk, but
individual identities are frequently portrayed as “risk takers”. Here, risk
is aligned with well-being and the enterprising self. Learning to skydive
or rock climb, taking a challenging class, “having a go” at spelling a new
word, or returning to college to transition a career indicates a life worth
living.

The purpose of this themed issue is to bring together international and
critical perspectives on risk theory and education in both formal and
informal settings.

Publication for the special issue is planned for 2014. Deadline for
submissions is September 1, 2013. Papers should be sent as an email
attachment to the Guest Editor, Policy Futures in Education, Professor
Steve Bialostok, College of Education, University of Wyoming,
stevebialostok at yahoo.com. All papers submitted will be evaluated using the
PFIE’s normal peer review process.




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 Harold F. Schiffman

Professor Emeritus of
 Dravidian Linguistics and Culture
Dept. of South Asia Studies
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6305

Phone:  (215) 898-7475
Fax:  (215) 573-2138

Email:  haroldfs at gmail.com
http://ccat.sas.upenn.edu/~haroldfs/

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