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Psychical contexts of subjectivity and performative practices of remuneration: teaching assistants’ narratives of work

Lapping, C; Glynos, J; (2018) Psychical contexts of subjectivity and performative practices of remuneration: teaching assistants’ narratives of work. Journal of Education Policy , 33 (1) pp. 23-42. 10.1080/02680939.2017.1325519. Green open access

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Abstract

A range of sociological work has theorized neoliberal regulative regimes, suggesting the contradictions contained in the enactment of policy and foregrounding the painful effects of these processes on subjectivities produced within performative school cultures. This paper contributes to this body of work by tracing the movement of desire in teaching assistants’ subjective relations to workplace practices of remuneration. We do this through an analysis of a series of group- and individual-free associative interviews with teaching assistants working in primary schools. Drawing on a Lacanian account of the way processes of identification channel affect, as desire, through signifying chains within a discursive field, we explore the associative chains of meaning that overdetermine the subjectivities produced within performative practices of remuneration. We suggest that the complex and contradictory chains of signification embodied in the school environment constitute a space where fragile teaching assistant subjectivities reiterate previous relations to an ambiguous Other.

Type: Article
Title: Psychical contexts of subjectivity and performative practices of remuneration: teaching assistants’ narratives of work
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/02680939.2017.1325519
Publisher version: http://doi.org/10.1080/02680939.2017.1325519
Language: English
Additional information: © 2017 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Remuneration; subjectivity; desire; performativity; overdetermination; identification; lacan; deleuze; neoliberalism
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Culture, Communication and Media
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1569194
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