Human capital has had a considerable influence on the education policies in China. In this paper, a new policy of the Shanghai Education Bureau is described in which universities were strongly recommended to replace their English in general education programs with an English for Academic Purposes (EAP) one, in order to produce talent for regional and national development. Using a Foucauldian perspective to explore the extent the teachers were subjectified by the Shanghai EAP Policy. The teachers had demonstrated their subjectivity, particularly via critiquing, questioning the discourse, and mediating their EAP teaching. Teachers’ praxis becomes useful in helping them to develop independent professionalism to sustain their subjectivity in a neoliberal discourse.
Li, Y., Feng, Y., & Liu, X. (2021). A study of Chinese university English teachers’ subjectivity in a neoliberal EAP policy implementation: from a Foucauldian perspective. Taboo: The Journal of Culture and Education, 20 (3). Retrieved from https://digitalscholarship.unlv.edu/taboo/vol20/iss3/4