The New Zealand Government And Education

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critiques the Hannah Arendt has of Hobbes about the state acting in the service of capital.

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The New Zealand government and education

The education system is a fundamental structure that exists within the nation state of New Zealand. Through power and goverance of the education system the government of New Zealand influences and molds education to suit its current and future purposes of the state. Thomas Hobbes a western political philosopher synthesized the theory of a social contract which frames the development of the state and it’s continuing dominance over it’s citizens. Hobbes’ theory on the social contract can be applied to the education systems of New Zealand with the changes taking place in policy currently. Michel Foucault theory of governmentality further develops the state’s rule of education by supporting the intervening nature of Hobbes’ social contract in everyday lives using the theory of a ‘body politic’. By creating a ‘body politic’ Foucault suggests that docile bodies are formed which enact the states interests through their actions. Hannah Arendt another political theorist critiques Hobbes’ and with that Foucault theories of state power. Arendt’s arguments bring another perspective of the state and its relationship to the economy and education. She also highlights the inequality within the state that forms because of the economy especially when examined through the lens of…
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