Responsibilisation, Accountability and Assessment Practices in Systems, Institutions and Homes

Thursday, 19 July 2018: 08:30-10:20
TG06 Institutional Ethnography (host committee)

Language: English

Front line work in a range of systems, institutions and in homes continues to be redefined as new accountability demands are enacted.  From healthcare institutions to childcare centers and schools, workers are increasingly being required to take personal responsibility for themselves as workers, parents, citizens; as well as taking responsibility for their children, their students, patients and so on.  “Success” is constituted by accountability regimes, and provides a mechanism for institutions and systems to “steer from a distance”.  Thus, frontline workers are asked not only to account for their performance, but also to take responsibility for ongoing cycles of improvement.  These practices not only affect the lives of workers, but also that of their students, patients, customers, families etc.  This session invites papers which examine practices that regulate and coordinate work within a context of increasing assessment, accountability and responsibilisation.

Session Organizer:
Nerida SPINA, Queensland University of Technology, Australia
Debra TALBOT, University of Sydney, Australia
Oral Presentations
The Responsibilisation of Teachers: Defining and Reporting on “Educational Adjustments” for Students with a Disability
Jeanine GALLAGHER, Queensland University of Technology, Australia; Nerida SPINA, Queensland University of Technology, Australia
Frontline Work in the Crossfire between Conflicting Ruling Relations
Kjeld HOGSBRO, Aalborg University, Department of Sociology and Social Work, Denmark
The Making of Self-Reliant Citizens. Profiling Tools in Polish Unemployment Policy.
Karolina SZTANDAR-SZTANDERSKA, University of Warsaw, Poland; Marianna ZIELENSKA, University of Warsaw, Poland