Risk management by a neoliberal state: Construction of new knowledge through lifelong learning in Japan
Open lecture with Associate Professor Akihiro Ogawa, Department of Japanese Studies, Stockholm University Abstract: This paper examines the current developments in Japan’s lifelong learning policy and practices. I argue that promoting lifelong learning is an action that manages the risks of governance for the neoliberal state. Implementing a new lifelong learning policy involves the employment of a political technique toward integrating the currently divided and polarized Japanese population—popularly called kakusa—into the newly imagined collective, namely, atarashii kōkyō or the New Public Commons. Examining the macro policy discourse on Japan’s educational policy, this paper demonstrates Japan’s inflections of neoliberal governmentality with the new distribution of responsibility between the state and the individuals through the construction of new knowledge supporting the New Public Commons. In fact, new knowledge is the epicentre of the national educational policy discourse aiming at generating social solidarity in local communities. This paper is an extended account from my book – The Failure of Civil Society?: The Third Sector and the State in Contemporary Japan (SUNY 2009), winner of the 2010 Japan NPO Research Association Book Award. The ethnographic fieldwork for this paper was conducted from 2009 to 2011 in Japan.
Tid: 2012-05-04 kl. 10.00
Sluttid: 2012-05-04 kl. 12.00
Plats: Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies, Scheelevägen 15, room Alfa 1010
Kontakt: Karl Gustafsson