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    Excavating widening participation policy in Australian higher education: subject positions, representational effects, emotion

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    This article uses Foucauldian discourse analysis to identify two subject positions within Australia\u27s Widening Participation higher education policy. Purpose The massification of higher education is a definitive feature of the late twentieth century. Widening Participation (WP) policy is a recent manifestation of this phenomenon in Britain and Australia. This article uses Foucauldian discourse analysis to identify two subject positions within Australian WP higher education policy, that of the cap(able) individual and the proper aspirant. The article also traces the feeling-rules associated with these subject positions to ask critical questions about neo-liberal social justice. Design/methodology/approach A Foucauldian discourse analysis was conducted on a range of policy documents relating the higher education during the period 2008-2013. Using Bacchi’s (2012) ‘what is the problem represented to be?’ (WPR) approach, two subject positions and their attendant feeling-rules are identified.    Findings The two subject positions, the cap(able) individual and the proper aspirant, represent a quintessential neo-liberal subject who possesses ‘natural’ ability, hope for social mobility and is highly individualised and entrepreneurial in disposition. As a reinvention of social justice approaches to higher education, WP has wide emotional and common sense appeal derived from its links into older discourses on social justice, meritocracy and the redemptive promise of education and childhood hope.  A new neo-liberal appropriation of social justice, WP neglects critical historical, social and contextual factors related to educational inequity

    Made to Pursue Knowledge

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    “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect,” Romans 12:2, NLT. Made to Pursue Knowledg

    Make us New

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    See a Victory

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    Fully Known

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    Fresh-Baked Bread

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    A Savior for the Sinking

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    “And in the fourth watch of the night he came to them walking on the sea. But when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified, and said, ‘It’s a ghost!’ And they cried out in fear. But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, ’Take heart; it is I. Don’t be afraid.’” Matthew 14: 25-27 ES

    True Religion

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    “Do what is good and run from evil so that you may live! Then the Lord God of Heaven’s Armies will be your helper, just as you have claimed. Hate evil and love what is good; turn your courts into true halls of justice. Perhaps even yet the Lord God of Heaven’s Armies will have mercy on the remnant of his people.” Amos 5:14 NLT True Religion Have you ever experienced something that made you say, “That was absolutely unacceptable!” Maybe you craved a midnight snack and drove to Taco Bell only to discover everyone in Collegedale had the exact same idea! Maybe you’ve recently discovered the person you’ve been talking to has suddenly ghosted you? Maybe you’ve been at the dinner table when a family member made a racially derogatory comment? Maybe you’ve listened to a friend confide that she’s had a nonconsensual experience

    A New Thing!

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    “Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert,” Psalm 69:29–30, ESV A New Thing
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