Papers etc.

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Allen, A. (2016) ‘Out of weakness: the ‘educational good’ in late antiquity’ Pedagogy, Culture & Society  24 (2), 239-254.

Allen, A (2015) ‘The Cynical EducatorOther Education 4 (1), 4-15.

Allen, A. & Goddard, R. (2014) ‘The domestication of Foucault: government, critique, war’ History of the Human Sciences 27 (5), 26-53.

Allen, A. (2013) ‘The Examined Life: On the Formation of Souls and SchoolingAmerican Educational Research Journal 50 (2), 216-250.

Allen, A. (2012) ‘Cultivating the myopic learner: the shared project of high and low-stakes assessmentBritish Journal of Sociology of Education 33 (5), 641-659.

Allen, A. (2012) ‘Life without the ‘x’ factor – meritocracy past and present’ Power and Education 4 (1), 4-19.

Allen, A. (2011) ‘Michael Young’s The Rise of the Meritocracy: a Philosophical CritiqueBritish Journal of Educational Studies 59(4), 367-382.

Allen, A. (2011) ‘The idea of a world university: can Foucauldian research offer a vision of educational futures?Pedagogy, Culture & Society 19 (3) 367-383.

Allen, A. (2009) ‘The Foucauldian Peacekeeper: on the dispersion of power and the futility of change’ Power and Education 1 (2) 226-237.


Allen, A. (2013) ‘Editorial. Radicalism, Education and Political PracticePower and Education 5 (3), 262-267.


Allen, A. (forthcoming, 2016) Psychology and Education: Unquestionable Goods. In. T. Williams, T. Billington, & D. Goodley. (eds) Critical Educational Psychology. Wiley.

Allen, A. (2016) ‘Meritocracy’. In M. Peters (Ed) Encyclopaedia of Educational Philosophy and Theory. Springer.

Allen, A. (2014) ‘Michel Foucault’. In D. Phillips (ed) Encyclopedia of Educational Theory and Philosophy. SAGE.

Allen, A. (2013) ‘The Idea of a World University’. In M. Murphy (ed) Social Theory and Educational Research, volume 4: Governance and Management: Performativity, audit cultures and accountability. pp. 23-38. London: Sage.

Allen, A., Anderson, K., Bristol, L., Downs, Y., O´Neill, D., Watts, R. & Wu, Q. (2009) ‘Resisting the Unethical in Formalised Ethics: Perspectives and Experiences’. In Satterthwaite, Piper, Sikes (eds) Power in the Academy, 135-152. Stoke on Trent: Trentham Books Ltd.


Allen, A. (2015) ‘Book Review: A Companion to FoucaultPhilosophy of Education Society of Great Britain.

Allen, A. (2014) ‘Book Review: Ideas of Education: philosophy and politics from Plato to DeweyBritish Journal of Educational Studies 62 (3), 355-357.

Allen, A. (2014) ‘Book Review: Meritocratic education and social worthlessnessBritish Journal of Educational Studies 62 (2), 225-226.

Allen, A. (2014) ‘Book Review: Confucius, the Analects and Western EducationBritish Educational Research Journal 40 (5), 908-909.

Allen, A. (2010) ‘Book Review: The Cambridge Introduction to Michel FoucaultPower and Education 1 (3).

Allen, A. (2008) ‘Review Essay: Why Foucault? New directions in educational researchPedagogy, Culture & Society 16 (3) 315 – 320.